Over 18,000 people, including foreigners and Vietnamese took part in the annual Terry Fox Run charity event in Phu My Hung of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 on November 29 morning.
The run, which was in its 19th year, was organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (CanCham Vietnam) in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada and the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations.
The Terry Fox Run was first founded in 1981 in Canada and it becomes one of the annual events in 60 nations now with the participation of millions of people. It is a fund-raising event for cancer patients. It is a chance for participants to have joy as there is no competition; accordingly, the run saw the participation of people of all ages who could choose to walk, run, bike, or rollerblade.
Last year, the 18th event was attended by more than 16,500 people and raised VND1.3 billion ($58,035). The Executive Committee of the Terry Fox Run and the Terry Fox Foundation used the fund for a two-year project named Early Diagnosis of Oral Cancer in Vietnam. The Terry Fox Foundation Committee in Canada decided to carry out the first phase of the research project worth VND2.5 billion (US$111,129) in Vietnam.
The international Terry Fox Run, which has stepped into its 35th year, is held around the world and its 19th in Vietnam in commemoration of Canadian cancer activist Terry Fox, and his Marathon of Hope, and to raise money for cancer researches. Being an active teenager involved in many sports, Fox was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimeters above the knee in 1977.
Every year, countries around the world stage events in support of Fox’s dream of finding a cure for cancer.
To date, over US$600 million has been raised worldwide for cancer researches in Fox’s name.