2 p.m., Sept. 19)
Orléans Terry Fox Run blessed with summer-like weather
By Fred Sherwin
than 230 people took advantage of the summer-like weather
conditions on Sunday to take part in the 36th edition of
the Orléans Terry Fox Run and raise over $11,500
for cancer research in the process.
Fox Run veteran Nelson Waddell (left) sets
out on the 5K course Sunday with event organizer
Jahn Fawcett. Fred Sherwin/Photo
of those people was cancer survivor and former event organizer
Chris Goneau who led Team Valérie out on the five-kilometre
course. The team was named in honour of his Goneau's daughter
who succumbed to cancer in 2011 at the age of 20.
handed over the reigns of the local event to Jahn Fawcett
last year to focus his efforts on growing the Valérie
Flutter Foundation, flutter being symbolic
of butterflies which are the symbol of rebirth.
foundation is doing well. It continues to grow,
said Goneau. This year weve partnered with
the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and were managing
the Rattle Me Bones Run at the end of October, so I went
from one run to the next run. Its important to me
that the research dollars continue to flow and the run
probably wasnt going to take place unless they had
someone step in to help out.
man Goneau handed the reigns of the local Terry Fox Run
to was pleased with this years turnout despite a
scheduling conflict with the Army Run for the second year
in a row.
nice to have this type of weather to bring people out
who might have been sitting on the fence, but the hardcore
folks theyre here rain or shine, said Fawcett.
People know Terry Fox. They know the story. Theyre
connected to that story. Its part of our history
and the Foundation is great to work with. It makes it
easy on us community run organizers.
its inception in 2001, the Terry Fox Run has grown internationally
to the point where there are Terry Fox Runs in 12 different
countries this year including places like Peru and Croatia.
To date, over $650 million has been raised worldwide for
cancer research in Terrys name through the annual
participant Nelson Waddell has raised over $100,000 for
the cause on his own, including another $2,400 this year.
74-year-old Orléans resident is one of the few
people who has taken part in all 36 Terry Fox Runs over
the years. This year he set out on the course with his
wife Irene, daughter Pam, and granddaughter Krista.
who has survived two bouts with cancer at nine and again
at 35, said participating in the run is her way to honour
Terry Foxs legacy and pay homage to all those who
havent survived their own battles with cancer.
just good that people can give back, myself included,
to continue his hope and and continue his run and carry
on where he left off, said Pam.
For those who like to plan ahead, next years Terry
Fox Run will be held on Friday, April 20.
Terry Fox Run participant Nelson Waddell poses
beside a display of his certificates and press
clippings with his wife Irene, daughter Pam
and Pam's boyfriend Stephane. Fred Sherwin/Photo
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)