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Bishop Smith raise more than $3K at Terry Fox Run

By Celina Ip

Abby Strachan and Caleigh McMullan were the flag bearers as they led the crowd of more than 750 Bishop Smith staff and students during their Terry Fox Run on Sept. 27.

Abby Strachan and Caleigh McMullan were the flag bearers as they led the crowd of more than 750 Bishop Smith staff and students during their Terry Fox Run on Sept. 27.

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For the 13th year in a row, the community at Bishop Smith Catholic High School (BSCHS) came together to remember one of Canada's greatest heroes.

 

For 37 years, Terry Fox’s dream of a world free of cancer continues to move forward each September as schools, work places and communities across Canada hold a number of Terry Fox Runs ton raise money to help Canadian cancer researchers reach their goals.

The Terry Fox Foundation National School Run Day is held each year late in September, with schools across the region and the country honouring the Canadian hero who died of cancer in 1981.

The morning of Sept. 27 was a beautiful day as more than 70 BSCHS staff and students gathered outside for their school’s annual Terry Fox Run.

Many of the eager Crusaders were sporting BSCHS’s blue and gold colours to show their school spirit at the important event.

Along with their school colours, the participants were each wearing a Terry Fox Run sticker that was marked with the name of a friend or family member who they were running in honour of.

“Students were asked to think of somebody that is battling cancer or someone who passed away from cancer and to dedicate their run to them this year,” said Sue Cotnam, BSCHS teacher and organizer of the Terry Fox Run. “Everybody is touched by cancer, whether they know somebody that's had cancer or is battling cancer or has passed away from it, so we try to keep Terry's dream alive and hopefully in our lifetime we find a cure for cancer.”

With a goal of raising a minimum of $3,000, by the end of the day the school community achieved their goal with a whopping $3,085.

Every since BSCHS held their first Terry Fox Run 13 years ago, the school has raised a combined total of more than $100,000 for cancer research.

“The Bishop Smith community is one that has been greatly affected by cancer, so for the staff and students alike it is a very important day for us and our whole community,” said Erik Lemke, BSCHS vice principal. “We're very happy that we get the numbers that we do and we hope to be able to continue to raise money for such a good cause.”

Nationally, for the past 37 years, Terry Fox fundraising events have generated over $750 million for cancer research.

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