Sunday, 17 March 2013

Keeping a dream alive at the 15th Terry Fox Run

Keeping a dream alive at the 15th Ten Fox Run in Mumbai

"Even if I don't finish, we need others to continue. It's got to keep going."
- Terry Fox, July 10, 1980
Born in Canada, Terry Fox was an active teenager involved in many sports. He was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated above the knee. While in hospital, he witnessed the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children. This made him decide to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the.. Marathon of Hope.
He died soon after but an annual event came into existence to commemorate his efforts known as The Terry Fox Run. Each year, thousands of volunteers organize Terry Fox Run events in Canada and around the world.
Gul Kripalani, the convener of Terry Fox India Committee, addressing the conference
The Run is a non-competitive event where people get together as individuals, families and groups to raise money in Terry Fox's name. It is a day of celebrating Terry's legacy and helping to keep his dream of a cure for cancer alive. In India, the main partners are:

 Allanasons Ltd1Frigorifico Allana Ltd.
Aditya Birla Group
Birla Sun Life Insurance
Bombardier Transportation
Cambay Tiger
Hotel Leela Venture Ltd
MF Globalsify Securities, India Private Ltd, 
M. K. Tata. Trust

and several more for the Run. This year will be the -fifteenth year since Mumbai began the run for cancer.

The Oberoi, Mumbai has once again lent its partnership and support to take this event forward in Mumbai, under the leadership of Gul Kripalani, who is the convener of Terry Fox India Committee.

All the funds collected are donated to Tata Memorial Hospital to carry on research into cancer amongst children. Doctors at Tata Memorial Hospital are in constant contact with Doctors at the Terry Fox Foundation in Canada for this research.

Other Key Partners and Members of the Terry Fox Board include the Rotary Club of Bombay, and YMCA.
·           The "Terry Fox Run" will be held on 3rd March, 2013 at 8.00 a.m. from Air-India Building (Nariman Point) to Marine Drive Flyover and back to Brabourne Stadium. 50-60 schools will participate in this run
·          Bollywood star, Raageshwari will flag off the Run at 8 am. There will be several other VIPS at the Stadium including the newly appointed Consul General of Canada.
·    After this event, a celebratory Brunch has been organised at Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai. As a special treat, noted singer, actress and model, Raageshwari, will do a special performance at the Brunch, accompanied by children being healed from Cancer, from the Tata Memorial Hospital.
·           The Shillong Chamber Choir will also perform at the Brunch.
Judith Fox-Alder, sister of Terry Fox says she marvels at how much the annual run has been able to do for cancer research, and how much it continues to do. The Run in India is now the second biggest Run in the world! "We hope this year that the record will be broken, in terms of the number of participants and in terms of money collected though the support of our supporters and schools," says Mr. Kripalani.
"We have 34 countries that are doing Terry Fox runs now," said Fox-Alder, "It's quite amazing that Terry 30 years ago did his Marathon of Hope and captured a nation, and now he has captured the hearts of people all over the world. It is hard to describe what it means to be Terry Fox's sister. I don't even think we can explain the pride that we feel. Terry was an extraordinary person, and the fact that we were born into this family is justa miracle in itself."

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