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The Terry Fox Run is celebrating 30 years of hope

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s a Canadian tradition that is still holding strong. The Marathon of Hope is entering its 30th year with runs happening from coast to coast and across the world.

Here in the Lower Mainland, not even the soggy weather could keep hundreds of people from taking part in this year’s Terry Fox Run at Stanley Park, where a dedication board has been set up for people to write the names of those they are running for this year.

Among them is Chris Capper, who lost his wife to cancer just two months ago. He says he’s seen first-hand how money from the Terry Fox Foundation can help those battling the disease. “She went through chemo and radiation. She had gastric cancer, which is a very tough cancer… it’s quite rare in North America.”

Fred Fox, Terry’s brother, joined News1130 earlier today and says Terry’s legacy lives on. “Here we are 30 years later, and continuing what he started. Terry was just an average kid from the Lower Mainland who wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives, and he has certainly done that.”

The hope is to surpass last year’s total of $109,000.