Terry Fox Run coming up
Jack and Miranda Ward at their home in Southport. They will be taking part in the Terry Fox Run in Portage la Prairie on Sun., Sept. 16 at a new location -- the Duck Pond Shelter on Island Park. (Angela Brown, Portage Daily Graphic)
The Terry Fox Run is coming up on Sept. 16 in Portage la Prairie and organizers are encouraging local residents to sign up to take part.
Portage la Prairie area co-ordinator Evelyn Rheaume hopes to see a good turnout again this year.
"This is kind of a small run compared to the other big runs they have for cancer," she said.
Anyone who is interested in taking part can call her at 857-3094.
This is the 32nd annual run for the local area. The walk is about five kilometres long but participants can walk as far as they are able.
Rheaume said there is always a good turnout of about 100 people when the Terry Fox Run is held each year in Portage.
The run this year will take place at 1 p.m. on Sept. 16 starting at the Duck Pond Shelter at Island Park. Between $4,000 to $5,000 is raised for the Terry Fox Run in Portage every year.
Rheaume adds it's important to keep the Terry Fox Run going strong and to keep fundraising.
"Cancer is not letting up," she said. "I don’t think we'll be cancelling (the walk) for a long time. Most of our money goes to research to cure cancer. They have a long way to go, but they have made great advances. We sure need this money we raise every year to help with the research to cure cancer."
The run in Portage will take place around Island Park on the route indicated.
Jack and Miranda Ward have already signed on to show they will be taking part in the Terry Fox Run in Portage la Prairie on Sept. 16.
The couple are originally from Winnipeg, but moved to Portage about five years ago.
Miranda said she had her kidney removed in 1998 and had her thyroid removed last year because of cancer, but she currently is doing fine.
While she is a cancer survivor, her husband Jack is now battling cancer in his lymph nodes.
"I don't know how far we'll walk," said Miranda. "My husband is having surgery and we're taking pledges."
She said the couple are pleased to be participating in the Terry Fox run.
"It's to show support and basically to encourage others," Miranda said.