Sault Stryders
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'We're absolutely thrilled' with local Fox Run
Reported September 19, 2011 by Brian Kelly for The Sault Star
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Rick Fall helped carry on Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope across Canada.

Fall, a run volunteer, carried a Canadian flag at the start of The Terry Fox Run Sunday at Roberta Bondar Pavilion.

"We know that (Fox's) dream was to run across Canada," said Fall.

He was working in northern Manitoba when Fox ran through Sault Ste. Marie on Aug. 12, 1980.

But Fall, a member of Soo Stryders, remembers Fox's per-s istence. He ran across the country for more than five months, averaging 43 kilometres a day, before cancer forced him to stop near Thunder Bay.

The disease resulted in the amputation of Fox's right leg, just above the knee, when he was 18.

"I'm running -- not just to raise funds, although that is very important -- but to pass along an attitude of fighting to other cancer patients," Fox told The Sault Star several days prior to running through the city.

Local residents donated more than $110,000 to Fox's Marathon of Hope in the month following his stop in the Sault.

"Never give up," said Fall of Fox's example.

"Keep on going. Stay optimistic. Keep your dream alive."

He has participated in most of the 31 annual runs held in Fox's honour. Sunday marked his first time helping organize the fall fundraiser.

"I love running. I love to help promote The Terry Fox Run, help cancer research," he said of his long participation.

At a "quick meeting" held by organizers last week, it was decided Fall would carry the flag. Mother Nature co-operated with sunny skies and a pleasant 13 C.

The run drew about 500 participants and raised $24,000 for cancer research. That's up from 400 participants and more than $12,000 collected in 2010.

Co-chair Theresa Mudge was "absolutely thrilled" with public participation.

"The Terry Fox Run in Sault Ste. Marie is back," she said.

"We're absolutely thrilled."