Family-friendly way to raise money for cancer research

Runners, cyclists and walkers start the Port Colborne Terry Fox Run Sunday.

They came together this year, mostly the regulars, but, some new people too, to help fight cancer by taking part in the 39th annual Terry Fox Run in Port Colborne on Sunday, Sept 15/2019.

“As usual, it is the best day of my year, I just love this day,” Port Colborne Terry Fox Run organizer Nancy Salvage said.

The Port Colborne Terry Fox Run had activities for everyone including a kid’s zone, entertainment, and food.

“It’s fun to see the people come, it’s fun to share the day with everybody,” she said. “As well, it’s about remembering Terry and raising money for Canadian cancer research.”

Mark Cooper gets his head shaved Sunday at the Terry Fox Run by Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey while Port Colborne Mayor looks on.

“This is a volunteer-driven event and we get a lot of support from the community,” she said. “It focuses on kids and family which was important to Terry because when he was in being treated, he would see kids that couldn’t make it out of the hospital. It was very important to him to focus on kids and family and it’s important to us too.”

One of the staples of the Port Colborne event is the head shave. People raise money and shave their heads.

This year, seven people including Salvage decided to shed their locks in front of the crowd.

Shaving his head for the first time was Mark Cooper who decided to shave his shoulder-length hair upon arrival to register for the run.

“I’ve always had long hair,” Cooper said. “My girlfriend did this a couple of years ago, she was egging me on and my uncle said he’d give $100 if I did it today, so, here I am.”

As he participated in the events today, Cooper reflected on Adam Young.

“He was my best friend’s father, he was a great man,” he said.

Donations are still being accepted for the Port Colborne Terry Fox Run, donations can be made through the Terry Fox Foundation website.

Fresh and clean, this year’s head shavers at Port Colborne’s Terry Fox Run.