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City celebrates Terry Fox

Organizer Janet Copley’s grandchildren Ben and Anna Robertson stretch during a group warm-up before taking on the Terry Fox Run. Their mom, Deanna Robertson, and older sister, Grace, also participated in the run. They wore blue “Team Bob” shirts for Deanna’s uncle  who passed away from cancer last year.  - Miranda GATHERCOLE/Langley Times
Organizer Janet Copley’s grandchildren Ben and Anna Robertson stretch during a group warm-up before taking on the Terry Fox Run. Their mom, Deanna Robertson, and older sister, Grace, also participated in the run. They wore blue “Team Bob” shirts for Deanna’s uncle who passed away from cancer last year.
— image credit: Miranda GATHERCOLE/Langley Times

An estimated 300 people attended Langley City’s Terry Fox Run on Sunday (Sept. 18), raising nearly $10,000 for cancer research.

Participants took part in a one km, five km or 10 km walk/run that wound it’s way along part of the Nicomekl flood plain.

Co-chairs Janet Copley and Lilianne Fuller are calling the event a great success.

“Unlike last year’s torrential rains, this year’s event was considerably drier and I think this brought people out. I’ve been told the numbers are up from last year and that’s terrific.” said Copley.

Fuller says the community support this year was excellent.

“We want to thank the community for the tremendous support we received. A local company donated the hot dogs and hamburgers for the concession, the Langley City Firefighters did our grilling, and Bob Saye and the Lounge Brothers entertained the crowd. It was a fantastic day,” she said.

Crowds cheered as Michael Coss, who suffers from a brain injury, crossed the finish line after completing the one km route.

Coss had a brain injury five years ago that left him unable to move. With the help of a team of dedicated individuals, he eventually regained enough movement to use a wheelchair.

This year Coss’ goal was to walk in the 2011 Terry Fox Run, and he did it.

A team of more than 30 individuals were waiting at the finish line when he completed his walk in 57 minutes.

This year marks the 31st year that Terry Fox Runs have taken place across Canada and around the world. More than $550 million has been raised since the run began in September 1981.

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