2021 Terry Fox Run virtual again, support remains real

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online

WEST CARLETON – For the second year in a row, the West Carleton Terry Fox Run will be virtual, but thanks to the community, the support remains very real.

In 2020, West Carleton’s event celebrated its 10th anniversary. Each year co-organized (and founded) by Constance Bay’s Linda Cassidy. For the first nine years, with husband Bob Dupuis by her side, and last year, in his memory after Dupuis passed away in July of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was moved online and held virtually. Despite those challenges, it was another success in West Carleton.

“First, I would like to thank all the West Carleton Virtual Terry Fox supporters who donated or pledged to cancer research last year,” Cassidy told West Carleton Online last week (July 27). “With your help the West Carleton site raised $5,321. Both Terry and Robert (Dupuis) would be very proud of your continuing support.”

In the 10-year history of the West Carleton event, the run has raised more than $70,000 for cancer research.

For its 11th event, the West Carleton Terry Fox Run will be held virtually as well on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Those wishing to donate can go to the following link: http://www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/westcarleton.

 To register online to raise pledges, visit www.teryfox.org.

Cassidy says those who would like to participate with her can join her at 10 a.m. on Sept. 19 at the NorthWind Wireless Fibre Centre.

“In 1980 Terry showed us his try,” Cassidy said. “Now it’s time to bring ours. Participate wherever you are. Around your neighbourhood, backyard, down the street, or around the block. Walk, run or ride. I am once again participating in the Terry Fox Virtual Run by walking the Forest Route. If anyone would like to join me feel free to do so.”

Should you wish to support Cassidy, her personal fundraising page is: http://www.terryfox.ca/lindacassidy264

Cassidy is still on the search for a volunteer organizer of the event as well.

“I am still looking for someone to take over our site for 2022,” Cassidy said. “It’s mainly creating a committee to help; marketing the event locally; ensuring a safe route, which we have already; and signing up volunteers for the day of the event and encouraging fundraising through the website.”

If you would be interested in more information on volunteering, you can contact Kim Smith at Kim.Smith@terryfoxrun.org.

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