What We Do
20 years ago, when the (then) chair of the Bolton Terry Fox Run needed help to continue Terry’s Dream in Bolton, The Kinsmen raised their hands. They volunteered to lead the way and continue to organize the Run. Hosting the Run from the Kinsmen Centre at Chapel Street, the Bolton Kinsmen work diligently every year to ensure a successful event.
Signs promoting the Run are posted throughout the town and with the help of the local newspapers, 100-150 runners and volunteers have raised thousands of dollars each year. The Run route has evolved over the years to where the Run consists of a 1 kilometre route along the Humber River. The route can be run as many times as wanted. It is a great opportunity for young and old to walk, run, bike and even skateboard for Terry’s Dream. The Bolton Run has always been a family event; some participants have never missed a Run and come from as far away as Toronto and Wasaga Beach.
The Terry Fox Foundation’s mission is to maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for innovative cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run.
In 1980, Terry Fox was a young man with cancer who wanted to make a contribution to the fight against the disease. One year later, Terry had touched the collective heart of all Canadians and today is one or our country’s heroes. Terry’s Marathon of Hope was the start of a dream that eventually evolved a successful partnership between The Terry Fox Foundation and the National Cancer Institute of Canada.
The roots of this partnership started when Terry Fox, whose right leg was amputated in 1977 because of osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer), decided to run across Canada in 1980 to raise funds for cancer research. Terry’s objective was to raise awareness of all Canadians about the critical need to find a cure for cancer. His fierce determination resulted in his running 26 miles every day for 143 days. By February 1, 1981 Terry’s hope of raising $1 from every Canadian was realized-the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope totaled $24.2 million. Although Terry died a few months later, one month before his 23rd birthday, his legacy lives on through the Terry Fox Foundation. It is a tribute to Terry’s quiet determination and courage that the Terry Fox Run is the largest single-day fundraising event for cancer research in the world.