Terry Fox Run to Be Held on 23 September

By 4 September 2018

ZAGREB, September 4, 2018 - The new edition of the Terry Fox Run humanitarian drive will be held on 23 September at Jarun Lake in Zagreb, and the proceeds will, as usual, be donated to Zagreb's Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) for its cancer research projects.

The programme of the 19th edition of the humanitarian campaign was outlined at a news conference in Zagreb on Tuesday by Canadian Ambassador Daniel Maksymiuk, the Croatian Cancer League head Damir Eljuga, and Sonja Levant of the RBI institute, as well as local authorities.

This non-competitive event takes place every year in honour of a young Canadian, Terry Fox, who lost a leg to cancer. In an effort to raise money for cancer treatment, in 1980 he embarked on a run across Canada, which he called the Marathon of Hope. He ran 143 days, covering 42 km a day, but failed to finish the run because the disease came back, claiming his life at 22. In his memory, the Fox family launched a drive to raise money for the fight against cancer, which is held every year in Canada and over 60 countries across the world, including Croatia.

The Canadian Ambassador said today that so far over 650 million dollars had been raised during Terry Fox Run campaigns.

Last year, close to 230,000 kuna (approx. 30,000 euro) was collected during the Terry Fox Run and the funds were donated to the RBI for breast cancer and leukaemia research projects.