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“Canadians have come to the table and answered the call again this year. I was out myself this morning and ran past a number of people wearing their Terry Fox shirts and participating in the run,” said Krawchuk.
“It gives you time to reflect on your family, Terry’s achievements and things like that while you’re out on your own, but what is missed this year is the feeling when you’re gathered in a big group of people for the same cause.”
Many participants logged their routes on social media. Some headed out at 4:30 a.m. to honour Fox’s favourite time to run, while others found a time that worked to walk with their friends or family. Krawchuk said the foundation noted a high level of participation this year, which she attributes to the accessibility of a virtual event.
“It was so easy to participate this year because you didn’t have to meet somewhere and be there at a certain time,” she said.
“From what we can see, we had so many new registrants and new teams that registered.”
Krawchuk said it’s never too late to donate to the foundation, which continues to fund valuable cancer research, including scientists at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto who discovered new protein targets for drug development against prostate cancer. To date, more than $800 million has been raised worldwide in Fox’s name, including about $4.2 million this year, with donations expected to continue to “trickle in,” said Krawchuk.