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(Posted 3 p.m., Sept. 21)
Local Terry Fox Run a success despite Army Run conflict

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Nelson Waddell stands next to his display at the Orléans Terry Fox Run on Sunday. In 35 years, the Orléans resident has raised more than $100,000. Fred Sherwin/Photo

When Jahn Fawcett answered an appeal to find a new director for the Terry Fox Run in Orléans, he so out of a sense of wanting to continue Terry Fox's legacy on a local level.

At the time, he had no idea that the organizers of this year's Army Run were planning to hold their event on the same day. It's a conflict that has only occurred once previously in the eight-year history of the Army Run, that was in 2011.

As a result of this year's conflict, participation was down at all three Terry Fox Runs in the Ottawa area despite it being the 35th anniversary of the Terry's Marathon of Hope.

Fortunately, the conflict did not impact people's generosity, at least not locally where Fawcett was happy to report that they received a number of donations from people who decided to take part in the Army Run instead of the Terry Fox event.

"A lot, a lot of people have either dropped off donations here, or donated on line, so I'm very happy," said Fawcett, who took over the event from Chris Goneau

Despite the efforts that were made by some individuals who passed up the Terry Fox Run for the Army Run, the conflict did upset a few of the participants at this year's event including Cindy Blanchard who is a 20-year veteran of the military.

"It's unacceptable. It never should have happened. They had a two week window to organize their event. Why have it on the same day as the Terry Fox Run? It's ridiculous," said Blanchard, who plans to send an e-mail to the miitary's Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance. "The General needs to tell those army boys to smarten up."

John McLean and his son Denon chose to take part in the Terry Fox Run over the Army Run.

"We've done the Army Run in the past, but this year we're doing the Terry Fox Run," said McLean. "I remember seeing him on TV and it's something I've always supported."

One person who wouldn't miss the Terry Fox Run for the world is 71-year-old Nelson Waddell, who has taken part in all 35 Terry Fox Runs and on Saturday surpassed the $100,000 mark in total funds raised.

"It's been a big goal for the last three of four years and we're finally there. Of course, it didn't start out that way" said Waddell, recalling he raised $50, all of it his own money in the first year.

As for the conflict with this year's Army Run, the 25 year navy veteran called it "unfortunate".

"It's very unfortunate. Poor planning on their part," Waddell said, referring to the organizers of the Army Run.

The debate over the conflict aside, the two events were still very successful. The Army Run was completely sold out and the Terry Run raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer treatment and research.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)





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