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Summerland's generosity shines at Terry Fox run

Summerland's Terry Fox Run takes place this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.
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SUMMERLAND - A small community is becoming known for its big contributions to the annual Terry Fox run.

Summerland was 14th in the province in total funds raised in last year’s event, placing just behind much larger centres like Kamloops and Chilliwack. More than $22,000 has been raised in Summerland from the Terry Fox run since 2012.

This year’s Terry Fox run in Summerland marks the 36th anniversary of Terry’s cross Canada Marathon of Hope. The community is one of 9,000 across the country taking part in the annual run for cancer.

“It seems everyone has a personal connection to cancer, be it a family member, a friend, or themselves," says Mike Cooke who organizes the Summerland run along with wife Heather.

Registration for the event takes place Sunday, Sept. 18 at 10:15 a.m. at the Summerland Aquatic Centre. Participants can chose from a one kilometre, three or five kilometre route, with refreshments available following the run.

The five and three kilometre events are suitable for bikes, wheelchairs, scooters, strollers and rollerblades. Dogs on leash are also welcome.

Those wishing more information, or those wishing to volunteer for this year’s run, should contact Heather or Mike Cooke by phone at 250-488-3415, by email at, or by visiting the event’s Facebook page.

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