‘He never stopped. If it was rainy, snowy or windy,’ says Terry Fox Foundation

It wasn’t a safe bet this fall that the Terry Fox Run would draw the same crowds as usual in Edmonton.

Britt Anderson, executive director of the Terry Fox Foundation, believes the Canadian hero remains a strong inspiration.

“I think that people find that inner-Terry and they come out to an event like this,” Anderson said Sunday at Kinsmen Park.

“He never stopped. If it was rainy, snowy or windy, he continued on.”

Anderson estimates about 1,500 people came out for the fundraiser despite Edmonton’s unseasonably cold and rainy weather.

Darrin Park, organizer of the Edmonton event, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour — he’s only the fourth person in  Alberta to have a similar kind. 

Darrin Park, organizer of the Edmonton Terry Fox Run and brain tumour patient, credits his survival to Terry Fox and everyone who fundraises for cancer research. (CBC)

He was told he may live another 11 months.

“It’s been six years,” he said at the run Sunday. “I owe that to Terry Fox, and everybody who participates in Terry Fox runs.”

He said he was part of two research projects that helped him through the treatment.

Park has faith that the event will endure.

“I only see it getting stronger,” he said of the Marathon of Hope.

It is also the first time the Alberta government has declared Sept. 16 Terry Fox Day in Alberta. Health Minister Sarah Hoffman was at the start of the Edmonton Run to make the official declaration.

Anderson said the foundation expects to raise $30 million from across the country this year.

Anderson said 40 years ago, the survival rate for young people with cancer was 25-30 per cent. He said it’s now over 80 per cent. 

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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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