‘Awesome’

Happy Valley-Goose Bay supports Terry Fox Run for 35 years

Bonnie Learning bonnie.learning@tc.tc
Published on September 21, 2015

A large crowd took part in this year’s Terry Fox Run in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

©Bonnie Learning/The Labradorian

Richard Dyson might have been beat out by the time he made it back to the Town Hall, but he was all smiles just the same.

Richard Dyson might have been beat out by the time he made it back to the Town Hall, but he was all smiles just the same.

Dyson, 67, has taken part in the Terry Fox Run in Happy Valley-Goose Bay since the event began across Canada 35 years ago.

“Thank God for good health…and the stamina to be able to do it all these years…thank the man above is all I got to say,” Dyson told The Labradorian after his run.

Dyson had been an active runner for several years prior to the creation of the Terry Fox Run in 1980.

“I was into running at the time, more or less to keep in shape,” said Dyson. “(But after (Terry Fox’s) passing, I became involved in it and year after year it became like a milestone.”

Dyson raised over $500 this year and estimate he has raised upwards of $20, 000 over the last 35 years.

“To be able to do it at this age is awesome,” said Dyson. “If I’m able to keep doing it, I will.”

Great support

A total of 83 people took part in this year’s event, with approximately $3,500 being raised, noted organizer Janet Paine.

“Everybody in our community everywhere is touched by cancer and touched by Terry Fox and what he accomplished in his very short life and the legacy he left behind,” said Paine of her decision to be involved in the Terry Fox Run over the years.

“I always have that picture of him when he had to stop his run and he had to get into the ambulance and saying he couldn’t continue,” Paine recalled. “He hoped that people would continue his run for him, and that has happened big time over the years. He wanted to raise one dollar for every Canadian and before he died, he did — he raised $24 million. And since that time, they’ve raised $700 million and counting.”

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Richard Dyson has taken part in the Terry Fox Run in Happy Valley-Goose Bay since the event began across Canada 35 years ago. He estimates he has raised upwards of $20,000 since he started.

©Bonnie Learning/The Labradorian