Sault Stryders
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Lions Club steps up to keep Terry Fox Run going

Reported March 18, 2008 by The Sault Star
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

The Lions Club has stepped up to help keep the Terry Fox Run going, but more volunteers are still needed, said long-time organizer Rob Frech.

The Lions Club, which has been in charge of the annual fundraiser's BBQ for some years, has pledged to continue in that role.

But with Frech and his wife Carole stepping down for this year's event, new leaders are needed to raise money and organize the race, scheduled for Sept. 14.

"It's time to move on. I think its a disservice to the run not to give it our best effort," said Frech.

He said his family has a new priority: a friend's daughter has just been diagnosed with cancer and needs support.

The couple organized its first unofficial run in 2001, after their own 19-year-old daughter, Julie-Ann, died of the same type of bone cancer as Terry Fox had. That year the annual race had been cancelled in Sault Ste. Marie. The Freches helped get the fundraiser back on its feet – in 2002, 300 runners raised about $24,000.

While participation remains high, the event brought in only about half that amount last year.

He said a fresh pair of eyes will be able to revitalize the fundraiser.

"A new group of people with new ideas and new energy will hopefully take it to another level."