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T-shirts on sale for Terry Fox Run
Jacob Graham and Joan King are ready for the 39th annual Terry Fox Run this September. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

A university student at 18 years old, a cancer patient at 19 and a Canadian hero at age 21  – that is how Joan King remembers Terry Fox.

King, who’s been organizing the Terry Fox Run in Niagara-on-the-Lake for about 12 years, said she will be at the Outlet Collection at Niagara mall on Sunday, July 28, to sell 2019 Terry Fox T-shirts.

That date also coincides with Fox’s birthday and the proceeds from selling the T-shirts, which cost $20 each, will go toward the Terry Fox Foundation which raises funds for cancer research.

“(Terry Fox) is our Canadian hero. What he did is just miraculous,” King said. “All those values that he has we try to instil in our kids today, like being selfless, being courageous, perseverance, dedication.”

The 39th annual Terry Fox Run is back on Sunday, Sept. 15. In NOTL, the registration will start at 9 a.m. that day at Simcoe Park. The five-kilometre route will kick off at 10 a.m.

The marathon is held every year across Canada and around the world. Participants can walk, run, ride or rollerblade, and they’re also encouraged to register in teams.

Fox’s story inspired King to help organize the run in NOTL. It’s a “nice community event” that brings people together, she said. In 2018, NOTL also received the Terry Fox Run 2018 Milestone Award for raising $750,000 for the foundation over the years.

“(The run) does more than just raise money for cancer. You meet interesting people, it makes you connect to other people,” King told The Lake Report.

There will also be a barbecue in the park after the run with pizza donated by Sandtrap Pub and Grill, ice cream from Cows and fruit from Walker’s Country Market. Valu-mart and Ricochet Water will provide water while Tim Hortons will give out coffee and goodies.

Jacob Graham, a 20-year-old TV production student at Niagara College, helped King make a video of the NOTL run’s route.

“Terry Fox Run has always been a big part of my life,” Graham said, explaining that he has participated in the run several times.