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Fox still inspiring runners 30 years on

Calgarians have been following in the footsteps of Terry Fox for 30 years.

Calgarians have been following in the footsteps of Terry Fox for 30 years.

And yesterday, about 1,300 Calgarians braved the rainy weather to mark the anniversary of Fox’s Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980, raising money and awareness during the 2010 Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research at Eau Claire Market.

For many participants the run hit home, including Alison Leikman who was running with her fiancé.

“Last year I ran for my aunt because she was battling cancer. This year she passed away, so I’m running in her honour,” Leikman said.

R.J. Pasloski and his children, Sasha and Jack, were running because his wife is a cancer survivor.

“We come out here as a family,” he added.

Whatever the noble cause, Calgarians raised $164,000 yesterday, according to spokesperson Elizabeth Westersund, whose parents are both cancer survivors.

“We’re really happy about the turnout today, especially with the weather. This is a project that is so close to our hearts, so we’re really excited,” she said.

“We really wanted to create a nostalgic feeling this year but also look very forward, too.”

 
 
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