October 2002
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Annual Terry Fox Run Big Success
By Matt Wiebe, Grade 12 student, Garden Valley Collegiate, Winkler, MB

Approximately $10,000 was raised for cancer research at this year's Terry Fox Run in Winkler, Manitoba. Sixty-five people, made up of runners, bikers, walkers and a few rollerbladers, participated in the ten-kilometer event around Winkler on September 15. Twenty more people participated than last year.

The purpose of the Terry Fox Run is to put money towards a cure for cancer, although it has a more personal meaning to some participants. "I do it because I remember people who have suffered from cancer," Jeff Giesbrecht stated. "It's a nice way of remembering, and it raises funds for cancer research." Giesbrecht, a teacher and track coach at Garden Valley Collegiate, also noted the encouraging news that a doctor has found a way to use "T" cells, to reproduce them and to use them in the human immune system, thus cancelling out cancer cells. Around six out of twelve patients have shown improvements.

The ten-kilometer run has been going in Winkler for the past three or four years now, but started much sooner in other places around the world, since Terry Fox's death in 1981. Proceeds from the local run go towards The Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research. The Foundation also has other ways of raising money in Winkler, including a silent auction.

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