Terry Fox’s legacy lives on at Wilket Creek Park

Maria Fong, 55, was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2016. She later learned that it spread to the bone. She didn’t have any symptoms, but tests for a fractured vertebra revealed the diagnosis.

Her experiences with cancer, and the treatments she’s been undergoing to deal with it, convinced her to put on her walking shoes last Sunday and participate in the Terry Fox Run for the first time in her life.

“I feel blessed that I’m able to do this walk today,” she said.

Wilket Creek runners faithful to memory of Terry Fox

Papito Wilson’s routine was altered in 1995. He lost his leg in an accident.

“It changed my life,” he said.

But it didn’t slow him down. Now 51, Wilson has learned to play wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, para-rowing and wheelchair tennis.

On Sunday, for the first time, Wilson participated in the 36th annual Terry Fox Run at Wilket Creek Park in east Toronto.

“It’s a great experience to do something to support others,” he said.

Cancer survivors run to keep Terry Fox’s dream alive

The number three has a special meaning for Sandra Joyce. The three-time cancer survivor participated in her third consecutive run at the Toronto-Beaches Terry Fox Run on Sunday, which also marked the 30th anniversary of the event, inspired by Fox’s 1981 cross-Canada run to find a cure for cancer.