LAKELAND - Residents across the Lakeland will be gathering on Sept. 17 to remember a Canadian icon and continue a legacy that has been taking place for over 40 years.
Events are being held in St. Paul and Lac La Biche, along with plenty of communities in between. In Bonnyville, the Terry Fox Run will start at the Bonnyville Splash Park. Participants can start their run at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Terry Fox Run organizer Les Parsons says he has many reasons for volunteering, one of them being his own diagnosis with cancer several years ago. He lost his stomach and half of his liver due to life-saving surgery that was required.
This year will be Bonnyville's 39th Terry Fox Run. The Bonnyville community has raised over $120,000 for cancer research over those years. Evelyn Compeau was the main organizer in Bonnyville for many years and her efforts continue to be acknowledged.
Last year's Terry Fox Run raised $4,474, and this year's goal is to raise $5,000.
This year's Bonnyville Terry Fox Run will provide walkers, joggers, runners, bikers, wheelchairs and dog-walkers with a trail experience, according to organizers.
Participants can choose to complete routes that are 1 km, 2 kms, 4 kms or 8 kms in length.
The Sunday 8 a.m. start time and the 1 p.m. start will both begin at the Bonnyville Splash Park at Jessie Lake. Then, participants can complete the Jessie Lake Paved Trail or The Jessie Lake "Tree Trail."
For more information about the Bonnvyille Terry Fox Run, contact Parsons at 780-691-6912. Information is also available through the Terry Fox Foundation website.