15th Terry Fox Run in Mumbai on 3rd March, 2013
Abhishek Kapoor, Director of Kai Po Che to be the Event Ambassador
The 15th edition of the Terry Fox Run – in support of Bone cancer was announced today at the press conference in Mumbai. The 15th edition of the event has roped in Abhisek Kapoor, Director of Kai Po Che as the event ambassador.
The “Terry Fox Run” will be held on 3rd March, 2013 at 8.00 a.m. from Air-India Building (Nariman Point) to Marine Drive Flyover and back to Brabourne Stadium.
Bollywood star and noted singer Raageshwari will flag off the Run and will receive support from several other VIPS at the Stadium including the newly appointed Consul General of Canada
Over the years the race has received tremendous response from participants and this year there will be representation from over 120 schools.
The Run is a non-competitive event, where people come together as individuals, families and groups to raise money in Terry Fox’s name. It is a day of celebrating Terry’s legacy and helping to keep his dream of a cure for cancer alive.
Mr Gul Kripalani who is the convener of Terry Fox India Committee expressed “The Run in India is now the second biggest Run in the world! “We hope this year that the record will be broken, in terms of the number of participants and in terms of money collected though the support of our supporters and schools.”
Event Ambassador, Abhishek Kapoor stated, “I feel very privileged to be a part of such an initiative. I have had bad times too in life. Today, God has blessed me with good things and I will only consider myself fortunate if I am able to share it. This is the first time I have associated myself with a social cause and I wish to continue and provide my support and assistance in future too”
In India, Terry Fox run has received support from esteemed corporates like Allanasons Ltd./Frigorifico Allana Ltd., Aditya Birla Group, Birla Sun Life Insurance, Bombardier Transportation, Cambay Tiger, Hotel Leela Venture Ltd, MF Globalsify Securities, India Private Ltd, M. K. Tata Trust. Other Key Partners and Members of the Terry Fox Board include the Trident, Mumbai, Rotary Club of Bombay and YMCA.
All the funds collected are donated to Tata Memorial Hospital to carry on research into cancer amongst children. Doctors at Tata Memorial Hospital are in constant contact with Doctors at the Terry Fox Foundation in Canada for this research.
Born in Canada, Terry Fox was an active teenager involved in many sports. He was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated above the knee. While in hospital, he witnessed the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children. This made him decide to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the Marathon of Hope.
He died soon after but an annual event came into existence to commemorate his efforts known as The Terry Fox Run. Each year, thousands of volunteers organize Terry Fox Run events in Canada and around the world.
Judith Fox-Alder, sister of Terry Fox says she marvels at how much the annual run has been able to do for cancer research, and how much it continues to do
“We have 34 countries that are doing Terry Fox runs now,” said Fox-Alder, “It’s quite amazing that Terry 30 years ago did his Marathon of Hope and captured a nation, and now he has captured the hearts of people all over the world. It is hard to describe what it means to be Terry Fox’s sister. I don’t even think we can explain the pride that we feel. Terry was an extraordinary person, and the fact that we were born into this family is just a miracle in itself.”