Cancer survivor Linda Wray of Nanoose Bay hands out posters around Parksville Qualicum Beach in an effort to rally support and encourage community participation for the upcoming Terry Fox Run slated for Sunday

Terry Fox Run Sept. 14 in Parksville – Survivor still inspired

This family-friendly event is once again at Rathtrevor Park

Linda Wray, 61, remembers the moment she found out she had cancer.

“My gynecologist called me at 10 p.m. and told me the news,” she recalls. “Of course I couldn’t sleep all night.”

Wray was 48 at the time, married with one son.

“When I first found out I was very upset,” she told The NEWS from her Nanoose Bay home. “It’s the bad c-word you don’t want to hear you have.”

But that was 14 years ago and today Wray is cancer-free — and she spent last week handing out posters to every Parksville Qualicum Beach business that would take one for the Terry Fox Run, her favourite fundraising campaign of all time.

Wray called Terry’s story “inspirational” and said she’s participated in every Terry Fox Run since the event’s inception 30 years ago.

“I’ve never missed it,” she said proudly. “If Terry can run a marathon every day, I can walk (or run) one every year.”

The 34th annual Terry Fox Run will be hosted Sunday, Sept. 14 at Rathtrevor Provincial Park. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m.

RDN recreation programmer Colleen Jordan said participants can either bike three kilometres, or run or walk five or 10 kilometres.

Jordan said it is a “family-friendly event” and historically around 250-300 people come out. She said cancer survivors may register to be part of “Terry’s Team” and will receive a complimentary red t-shirt. There will also be a memory book and memory poster at the event for participants to sign.

Jordan said the RDN is seeking more volunteers to help with the event, particularly for marshaling the run.

For more information, to volunteer or donate contact Colleen Jordan at 250-248-3252.

Just Posted

Genre-hopping harpist, singer to perform in Parksville

Musician on a quest to demystify harp playing GZAL on Jan. 24

Councillor has concerns about Qualicum Beach pot shop decision

Debate over location, public consultation and timing continues, though commitment already made

Oceanside RCMP arrest man wanted on several outstanding warrants

Hudson David Klassen, 26, picked up in Parksville

Qualicum Beach ‘Seniors Scene’ columnist remembered

Roy Jones described as caring father, energetic seniors’ centre member

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

Parksville addictions treatment advocate to speak in Port Alberni

Recovering addict Kelly seeks to share more of her story with second event

12 poisoned eagles found in Cowichan Valley

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Group challenges ruling for doctors to give referrals for services that clash with beliefs

A group of five Canadian doctors and three professional organizations is appealing

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Most Read