While the numbers may not have been as high as last year, the annual Terry Fox Run here yesterday was deemed a success, raising about $8,600 with more money yet to come in.
“I think it went pretty well,” organizer Vanessa Hebert, executive director of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, said this morning.
“That amount doesn’t include any money raised by Ed Katona or his partner will bring in or the merchandise sales,” she added, referring to a three-day bike ride from here to Kenora and Dryden and back that Katona and Arnie Johnsrud, a former Stratton resident now living in Winnipeg, began yesterday morning.
“So I’m thinking the final total will be around $10,000.”
Katona raised about $1,500 last year on a bicycle trip to Winnipeg.
“There were a couple of things that could have gone better, like my watch was fast. Nobody said anything,” she laughed.
“And there wasn’t a lot of room. I’m thinking next year, we might start out at [Pither’s] Point, and having a barbecue at the end, make it more of a family outing.
“Maybe that will draw more people out,” added Hebert.
This year’s run saw 93 participants of all ages walk, run, bike, skateboard, and in-line skate the 10-km route for cancer research. The top pledge-getter once again was Marj Hull-Katerick, who raised $2,002—just like she raised $2,001 last year.
Hull-Katerick noted that while it wasn’t easy to raise such an amount, the work was all worth it, adding the run had even more meaning this time around as her late husband, Boris Katerick, passed away from cancer this past March.
Joyce Gosselin raised about $900—the second-highest amount of money raised by an individual.
Despite not finding a fundraising challenger, Clinic Pharmasave and Pharmasave together raised about $2,800 in pledges for the run.
“Having everyone participate was great,” said Sabrina Stoessinger of Pharmasave. “Our customers and local businesses were all very supportive of us.”
This year’s Terry Fox Run here was dedicated to the late Celeste Beck, former owner of Celeste’s Hair Design for Men & Women who passed away from cancer in 1983.
Daughter Debbie Perusse, who along with her father, Bob Beck, and her son, Robert Wade Perusse, cut the ribbon at the starting line yesterday.
As 25 volunteers helped out with registration and handed out refreshments, Jean Bujold led the participants in a warm-up before the run.
It began at the museum, went down Portage Avenue to Front Street, and continued along the riverfront to Pither’s Point, where participants turned around and returned to the museum.
Last year here, more than 200 people raised $13,013.82 for the Terry Fox Foundation, which funnels the money for cancer research.