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99-year-old Barriere woman still walking for her health, for cancer and Terry Fox

Peggy Armstrong, 99, in the annual Terry Fox walk in Barriere, B.C.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Judy Armstrong
September 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM

"IT'S GOOD FOR ME, I HAVE TO KEEP MY YOUTHFUL FIGURE."

BARRIERE - The last time most of us did the Terry Fox Run, we were in school, but Peggy Armstrong wants everyone to know you can honour Terry’s legacy and fight cancer at any age.

She’s already planning her run next year when she’ll be 100 years old.

She tries not to miss the event whether it was in Kamloops or her new community of Barriere. She and her little dog Russell  walked roughly two kilometres this year and raised nearly $700 in donations.
They're well known around the small B.C. community as avid walkers and for loyal participation in the Terry Fox Run.

“I’ve always been a great walker, I like to walk and I think it’s very important for an older person to walk,” she says. But she also recognizes the spirit of the walk.

“Cancer is one of the most dreadful sicknesses.”

The Barriere resident has been participating in the walks since she moved to the community a decade ago with her family. Armstrong also does the walk in memory of family and friends she’s lost to cancer, including a woman she volunteered for at a local store.

“It was quite tragic,” she says. “When she got sick they closed the store down and I really miss it.”

Although some of her reasons for walking are close to her heart, some are a little lighter.

“It’s good for me, I have to keep my youthful figure,” she says with a laugh. “I’m a very lucky person and my health seems to be very good.”

Armstrong’s daughter-in-law, Judy, says they are already planning to pledge towards Peggy’s walk next year.

“She will be 100 years old in four months and we are already planning for her next Terry Fox walk,” she says. “We want to make sure that we beat her pledges for this year.


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