Marie Metcalfe is one of the original founders of the Terry Fox Run on Ward’s Island. She has been involved in the organization for 21 years, since 1998. Metcalfe spoke to the Toronto Observer’s Michael…
Children, teenagers, adults, seniors, and even their beloved pets were running at Woodbine Beach Sunday, all united for a greater cause. Many have been touched by cancer in their personal lives.
The local run was founded by Hill’s aunts, Jennifer and Marie Metcalfe, the twin sister and the older sister of his mother. They launched the run in her honour in 1998, and Hill took over in 2009.
According to Marie Metcalfe, her late sister was an inspiration.
“She used to be the one who organized the school Terry Fox Run,” Marie said. “A number of us, my friend Judy Frosch and I, decided we wanted to host the Island run in her honour.
Cindy McNeil has been running the Stouffville Terry Fox Run since 1985, mostly on her own. In 2009, her father started participating with her, after he was diagnosed with cancer only a few weeks before…
Erika Emerson-Wiley has been participating in the Terry Fox Run at High Park in Toronto ever since she can remember. However, for the last 13 years, she has joined as a survivor.
The 39th annual Terry Fox Run began in Markham, Unionville, with participants stretching for the run, volunteers scrambling for last minute registration details, and the Markham Concert Band playing in the midst of it. All…
Jean Domagale was one of hundreds of people who came out for the Beaches event of the Terry Fox Run on Sunday. This year was the 38th annual run, the first being held on September 13, 1981. Domagale used to volunteer for the Beaches-Riverdale Canadian Cancer Society.
Our team of Toronto Observer reporters is out at dozens of Terry Fox 2019 fundraising runs, from Pickering to Hamilton and Markham to the Beaches. Check out the live blog as we interview participants and organizers in the 38th annual Terry Fox event, about why they are running, and who they’re remembering. #BeLikeTerry #TerryFox. Fox, who lost a leg to cancer in 1977, ran partway across Canada in 1980 to raise awareness and money for cancer research. He died in 1981.
From Thornhill to the Beaches, and Ajax to Pickering and Newmarket, the 2018 Terry Fox Run in Toronto attracted tens of thousands of participants.
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.