Mon, Nov 01, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Annual Terry Fox cancer run raises nearly NT$3 million

CNA , TAIPEI

The 2004 Taipei Terry Fox Run was held yesterday, raising nearly NT$3 million (US$89,820) for cancer research in Taiwan.

It was the 10th year that the Terry Fox Run was held in Taipei to commemorate the late Canadian Terry Fox, who raised cancer awareness in his country by attempting to run across Canada after losing his right leg to bone cancer. The run raises funds for cancer research and prevention.

More than 4,000 people, including some 1,000 foreigners, took part in the run, which featured a 3km and a 6km run. Participants donating NT$300 or more received a Terry Fox Run T-shirt.

Presiding over the start of the run, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who has been director of the organizing committee of the Terry Fox Charity Run Competition in Taipei for 10 years, exhorted the people of Taiwan to remember Fox and try to emulate his courage and perseverance.

Ma, who visited the headquarters of the Terry Fox Foundation in Toronto in August last year, said that whenever he is distressed, he thinks about Fox and regains his inner strength.

Ma said he feels very proud that the number of Taipei residents participating in the Terry Fox Run is the fifth-highest in the world, and the amount of money raised through the runs has been the seventh-highest in recent years.

Proceeds from the annual run, which started at the Taipei City Hall plaza, will be donated to the Cancer Research Foundation of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.

The Terry Fox Run has become a worldwide event with over 1.3 million people from more than 50 countries participating.

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