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UCC comes up big for Terry Fox Runs

Upper Canada College was once again a hub for the annual Terry Fox Runs to raise money for cancer research, as it hosted one for the community on Sept. 15 and another for students on Sept. 27.

The Terry Fox Community Fun Run for Cancer Research attracted 1,350 participants to UCC, an increase of 200 from the previous year. Run chair Chris Henry says $136,000 has been collected so far and he expects that number to be close to $200,000 once the final tally is announced in March. The community run raised close to $170,000 last year and has brought in $7 million since 1981, making it one of the largest and most successful of its kind.

Terry’s brother Fred was on hand at the community run to pose for photos and talk about cancer and his sibling — who became a Canadian icon through his 1980 fundraising “Marathon of Hope” run across Canada on one healthy leg after losing his right one to cancer. His attempt was cut short after 143 days when his cancer started spreading and wouldn’t allow him to continue after he covered 5,373 kilometres.

Participants in the community run collected pledges and had a choice of much less arduous five- or 10-kilometre routes through Forest Hill, while those who stayed on campus could do yoga, listen to a band, take part in a variety of children’s activities and enjoy a barbecue picnic.

UCC’s varsity hockey team members were part of a group of volunteers who helped ensure that everything ran smoothly, and Henry says, “All of the UCC folks did a great job and things went off without a hitch.”

You can view photos from the community run here.

Henry returned to UCC 12 days later for the school run to introduce guest speaker Ross Hugessen, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009 but has now been cancer-free for three years. He spoke about the power of how little things can build to something bigger and pointed out that Fox’s dream was for every Canadian to give a dollar so that he could raise $25 million for cancer research. More than $600 million has been raised for cancer research in Fox’s name worldwide since 1981.

Prep boys were obviously inspired by Fox’s heroic struggle and story in collecting pledges for their runs and raised a very impressive $17,250 from their efforts. Upper School students were encouraged to drop money earmarked for cancer research into collection jugs outside of Laidlaw Hall prior to the Association Day pep rally that preceded their run.

Here are photos of Hugessen’s address and UCC students and teachers taking part in the school run: