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Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Letter: Thanks to the community for support of Terry Fox Run

Dear Editor:

Terry Fox brought out the best in us — compassion, togetherness and generosity. This was evident as we gathered together on Sept. 15 at Simcoe Park to celebrate and honour our Canadian hero. Over 250 participants took part, with the same vision to raise money for cancer research. While pledges are still being processed, we should raise more than $100,000 for Terry Fox funded research.

To all the students from the local schools who did their part collecting donations on the Saturday before the run, thank you. And to the “Me to We” group from Crossroads school, thank you for cheering on the participants on run day.

Many people come together to take registrations, marshall the route, hand out certificates and ribbons, and sell shirts. I’m so thankful for all the volunteers.

There are many companies who support the run without expecting any recognition, such as Tim Hortons, Walker’s Country Market, Phil’s Valu Mart. Hendrik’s Valu Mart, Sandtrap Pub & Grill, Cows, Sunset Grill, Stage Coach Family Restaurant, Grape Escape Wine Tours, the Queenston and St. Davids golf courses. Special thanks to the Lewiston-Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club for providing a barbecue following the run donating all the proceeds to the foundation.

A huge thanks to the NOTL Kinsmen, who did a bike and wine tour to pay tribute to Terry Fox, and raise funds for cancer research.

The event was very inspiring and emotional, as we listened to a heartwarming message from cancer survivor Sharon Burns. Celebrations were lead by Juliet Dunn singing the national anthem, followed by an announcement from Joe Pilliteri of his “Team Pillsy” goal of raising $100,000. His dedication and commitment to honour Terry Fox’s legacy is truly remarkable. Thanks also to Lord Mayor Betty Disero, who brought greetings from the town.

Thanks also to The Lake Report. The meaningful coverage of events by reporters Brittany and Dariya helped promote this worthwhile fundraiser.

Thank you to each and everyone of you for being a part of Terry’s dream this year. See you Sunday Sept. 20, 2020!

With much gratitude,

Joan King

Run organizer

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