September 17, 2017 9:10 am

Edmonton Terry Fox Run takes place Sunday at Kinsmen

Terry Fox, 22, running coast-to-coast across Canada on an artificial limb in 1980. Fox lost his right leg to cancer three years earlier, and ran in an effort to raise money to fight the deadly disease.

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Edmonton families are invited to participate in the Terry Fox Run Sunday morning.

Registration for the annual charity event starts at 9 a.m. at Kinsmen Park with the run kicking off at 11 a.m. You’re welcome to run, jog or walk for anywhere between one and 10K.

WATCH: Double amputee does Terry Fox run with a skateboard

Organizer Darrin Park, who is currently battling cancer, couldn’t overstate the importance of the fundraiser.

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“$750 million has been raised in Terry’s name now, and over 1300 cancer research projects – some of the best of the best,” Park said. “Living with cancer, I know that two of the projects that were completed years ago turned into a treatment and that actually was used as part of my treatment.”

“So I can say, I’m alive because of Terry Fox.”

The race starts at Kinsmen, crossing the LRT Bridge before heading west down River Valley Road. There will be markers up to the 5K point before participants turn around and come back. So, wherever you decide to turn around, you’ll be able to pinpoint your distance.

WATCH: Terry Fox Run

After the run, a free barbecue with live music and activities for kids will take place at Kinsmen. Park says it’s sure to be a great day, for a great cause.

“I still have two tumors that light up on my scan. But I’m still here and I truly believe it’s because of Terry Fox, and the research where the money we donate goes,” Park said. 82 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research.

“Terry didn’t want anything. He didn’t want to be famous, he saw kids in the cancer ward so it had to be about cancer research.”

You can register for the run or donate to the cause by clicking here.

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