The 33rd Terry Fox Run will be returning to Neepawa this Sunday.
The annual event in support of cancer research is set for Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at NACI and organizers are hoping to see runners, walkers and cyclists of all ages take part.
Pledge sheets for the event have been distributed around town, but there is no minimum pledge or entry fee requirement to participate. Anyone interested in participating simply needs to show up at the NACI track on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with whatever support they have.
The overall goal of the day is to continue Fox's vision of bringing Canadians together for a single cause – to create a world without cancer.
“I extend an invitation for anyone who wants to experience a quintessential Canadian experience honouring one of Canada's most famous citizens while fundraising for cancer research,” Neepawa run organizer Kelly Krzyzaniak said.
Last year, Neepawa's event raised over $5,000.
Across Canada in 2012, over $600,000 was raised through The Terry Fox Run being held in about 750 communities.
After losing his leg to cancer in 1977, Fox began to realize there was minimal funding for cancer research in Canada.
That motivated him, at the age of 21, to run across Canada with the goal of raising $1 for each of Canada's 24 million people.
His cancer would eventually spread and force him to quit his run, but not before he ran a marathon a day for 143 days on his prosthetic leg.
Since Fox's inspiring Marathon of Hope in 1980, the Terry Fox Foundation has been held across Canada, as well as in 28 other countries, and raised over $600 milllion toward cancer research worldwide.