Terry Fox's inspiration continues

September 09, 2004, vol. 31, no. 1
By Marianne Meadahl

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It's a cause that continues to inspire.

At SFU, the campus community will rally around the memory of alumnus Terry Fox and the legacy of his Marathon of Hope at the university's annual Terry Fox day on Sept. 23.

Fox was a kinesiology student when he began shaping his dream to run across Canada.

The celebrations include SFU's own version of the Terry Fox run, with a 3.2-kilometer walk/run around campus, leaving from the Terry Fox statue located in the AQ at noon. Prior to the run, participants will gather in convocation mall (at 11:20 a.m.) and later join in a procession to the statue, led by members of the pipe band.

Meanwhile in convocation mall, beginning at 11:40 a.m., the Terry Fox gold medal will be awarded to criminology PhD student Bryan Kinney, who has been battling a rare form of leukemia (see story next issue).

Organizer Craig Asmundson says the event is aimed at everyone in the campus community. “People at all levels of fitness are invited to take part,” he says.

Following the run, participants will join in a barbecue in convocation mall.

Once again this year, Jon Driver, dean of graduate studies, is re-issuing a challenge to graduate students. He'll match the first 250 entrants dollar for dollar, and will also donate $5 per student for the first 50 graduate students who finish before him. All proceeds will go to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research.

Walkers and runners are also encouraged to participate as teams. For more information check www.sfu.ca/terryfox then select view slideshow.

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