Kirkland Terry Fox run at risk of cancellation

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From left to right: Elena Trigiani, Michele Morningstar, Kathleen Houlihan. The trio will no longer organize the event as a result of lack of time, according to the foundation's Quebec director.

After four successful years running the Terry Fox Run in Kirkland, the fundraising event is at risk of being cancelled.

Unless a volunteer steps into the fold and organizes the fifth annual event scheduled for Sept. 14, Peter Sheremeta, the Quebec director of the Terry Fox Foundation, told the Chronicle the run will be cancelled.

“We need communities like Kirkland to unite in the fight against cancer and fulfill Terry’s dream” – that is, a world without cancer, he said.

Kathleen Houlihan, Michele Morningstar and Elena Trigiani organized the 2-10 km run the last four years, raising over $42,000, but couldn’t commit to this year’s event due to a lack of time, according to Sheremeta.

“We are very, very lucky every time volunteers organize an event for us; sometimes their own personal or professional life gets busy, and they can then no longer organize Terry Fox runs,” he added.

Given the preparation for a Terry Fox run can be organized with just a week’s notice, as long as the city is made aware of the required route, the foundation’s provincial director will continue searching for someone to lead a committee of volunteers.

An organizer’s responsibilities include recruiting new volunteers for the day-long event, oversee the organization and promotion of the event, and supervise donations of food, beverages and other supplies. 

The lead volunteer must commit eight to 10 hours a week. The position, said Sheremeta, “requires strong leadership skills, team spirit and dedication to the fight to end cancer.”

The Terry Fox Foundation has raised over $650 million over the past 34 years.

To help keep Kirkland in the Terry Fox community, call 1-888-836-9786 or email the foundation at qc@terryfoxrun.org.

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Organizations: Terry Fox Foundation

Geographic location: Kirkland, Quebec

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