This Friday, thousands of athletes are going to be a part of the global fun run, which is going to take place in Abu Dhabi. Contestants from across the region would gather in the capital in order to be a part of the 5km or 10lm race in the Terry Fox Run.
The annual event is held in revere of Mr Fox, who died of Osteogenic sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in 1981. He was just 22 years old when he died.
The run is open to individuals, families and groups who want to help collect money for cancer research in his name.
Fred Fox, Terry Fox’s older brother stated that one of the guiding principles of Terry for the Terry Fox Run was that the run should be all-encompassing to everyone – just as cancer can affect anybody.
The fund that is obtained is making a huge difference to this global problem of cancer and Terry’s example is pursuing on to motivate people around the globe. Mr Fox, from Winnipeg, Canada, was first diagnosed with bone cancer as a teenager in the year 1977.
Later that year, he was forced to have his right leg amputated six inches above the knee in an endeavour to stop the spread of cancer.
Declining to submit to the illnesses, he thought to help spread knowledge of cancer by running over 5,000km from the west coast of Canada to the east coast in just 143 days. Unfortunately, he collapsed before being able to finish the epic journey and was rushed to hospital where he later died.
Today, annual Terry Fox runs are held in over 40 nations around the world to observe his life and his bravery.
Friday’s race will commemorate the 22nd occasion the event has been held in Abu Dhabi. Till date, the races have collected some Dh22 million.