40th anniversary of Marathon of Hope

The City of Markham has lined Town Centre Boulevard from Highway 7 to Warden Avenue with banners to honour the Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist Terry Fox and the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope.

The street banners will remain on display along Town Centre Boulevard until the end of 2020.

Fox passed through Thornhill during his historic run to raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer, and his bravery and determination continue to inspire and unite us all as we persevere through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This serves as a call to all Canadians,” Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti says. “This is a time for us to unite as one community, and though it may not be in person, we are still here for each other in spirit, much like the legacy of this Canadian hero. Forty years after his Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox continues to inspire us, reminding us to push through the hard times and to never give up.

“Support cancer research and let’s honour his memory and continue to spread hope, something we can all use now during the pandemic and for many years to come.”

Fox touched many with his dream in his Marathon of Hope, and connected communities across Canada who longed for miracles. Forty years later, his legacy continues to connect us, and these banners are a small gesture of appreciation for Fox, his legacy, his foundation and all the volunteers and participants of the Terry Fox Run.

“In a regular year, The Terry Fox Foundation knows it can always count on the generosity of the citizens of Markham in their support of The Terry Fox Run,” says Martha McClew, Director of Operations in Canada East for The Terry Fox Foundation. “In a year like this one, that support is ever more important because cancer is not waiting for COVID-19 to be over. We are so grateful to the City of Markham for keeping the run in the hearts and minds of their wonderful residents with these banners.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on our health care system and cancer patients need us now more than ever.

The City of Markham is pleased to encourage physically-distanced participation in this year’s virtual Terry Fox Run on September 20.

Markham residents can register, sign-in or donate at www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/thornhill or www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/markham-unionville.

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