As September rolls into town once again, it's time to gear up for an annual charity event.
The Terry Fox Run is set to go on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Sorting Gap Marina, and with it comes the chance to help those in need.
The event is being run by the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, and organizer Judy Koski said the day is as straightforward and important as it's ever been.
“The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina,” Koski said.
“We'll be accepting registrations then, and the run will start at 2 p.m. It's a 5 km run from the Sorting Gap Marina up to the Seven Oaks at Point Park and back again.”
Koski noted that runners can choose to either register at the event or visit the Terry Fox Foundation website to register online. Once registered, runners can hand in the money they've raised at the run itself, which the organizers then send in to the Foundation.
The amount of money raised each year varies, and Koski said the turnout can be very weather dependent.
“I think weather plays a good part in it,” she said.
“A lot of people sort of wait until the last minute; if it's a nice day, they'd love to come out for a walk and make a donation. It certainly has varied over the years.”
One thing that hasn't changed is the drive Canadians have to help beat cancer, which Koski believes is what has kept the Terry Fox Run going since the first one in 1981.
To date, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised over $750-million worldwide through the annual runs.
“I think cancer affects everyone,” Koski said.
“It has affected everyone in one way or another, and I think we all are striving for a cure for this horrible disease, and I think that keeps us going.”
Everyone is invited to join and participate in this year's Terry Fox Run. Koski said that water and fruit will be provided for runners.
“The washrooms at the marina will be open and plus we'll have another portable washroom at the halfway mark,” she shared.
“We're just hoping for sunshine and lots of participants.”