Terry Fox Run

Students from Art Smith Aviation Academy, Grades 5 to 8, took part in the run. Photo by Christopher King

Students from Art Smith Aviation Academy, Grades 5 to 8, took part in the run.
Photo by Christopher King

CHRISTOPHER KING

It was a frosty morning, but hundreds of members of the Defence Team at 4 Wing Cold Lake showed up for the Terry Fox Run on Friday Sept. 14, 2018.

After more than three decades, the tradition is still meaningful to Canadians of all ages and walks of life.

Warrant Officer James Wight, 410 Squadron, spoke about how he suffers from the same type of cancer that Terry Fox suffered from. In 2016 a tumour was found in his left leg, which turned out to be malignant and led to the discovery that he had osteosarcoma.

“I went through the same thing as what Terry Fox did,” WO Wight said. “Over time, through help from family and friends, I was able to pull through. This is why I’m here today.”

This year there were 450 registrants through the Terry Fox Foundation from 4 Wing.

Individuals donated independently, and by 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, the total funds donated were approximately $3,000.

“I’m sure everyone here today has been affected by cancer in one way or another. Either through a friend or family member, co-worker, etc.,” WO Wight said. “Every year 4 Wing personnel come together to remember Terry Fox and contribute to his mission of finding a cure for cancer. Here you are today in a phenomenal number as you were last year.”

After a warm up, participants, whether they walked, marched, ran, or cycled, all gathered outside the Col JJ Parr Sports Centre to start the run.

The course was five-kilometres-long.

LCol Brian Zimmerman, Deputy Wing Commander, and acting Wing Chief Warrant Officer CWO Donovan thanked participants, organizers and sponsors.

“Over the past 30 years, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised an enormous amount of money, and that goes directly into treatment and research and success stories like Warrant Officer Wight just shared with us,” LCol Zimmerman said. “This still matters. It’s still relevant, and we’re going to keep doing it for a very long time.”

A quick warm up before starting the run. Photo by Christopher King

A quick warm up before starting the run.
Photo by Christopher King

Runners, joggers, walkers and cyclists gather at the start line for the 2018 4 Wing Cold Lake Terry Fox Run.  Photo by Cpl J.W.S.Houck

Runners, joggers, walkers and cyclists gather at the start line for the 2018 4 Wing Cold Lake Terry Fox Run.
Photo by Cpl J.W.S.Houck