Members of the Crimson men's hockey team helped raise awareness for the Terry Fox Foundation Sunday (courtesy Devin Tringale).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On Sunday, Sept. 27, members of the Harvard men's hockey team participated in a charity run event organized by the Harvard Canadian Club in support of the Terry Fox Foundation.
The Terry Fox Run has been a staple in Canada since Terry Fox began his journey to run from the Atlantic to Pacific coast to raise awareness for cancer research after he was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1977. In 1980, Fox began Terry's Marathon of Hope, running over 26 miles each day for 143 days straight. Unfortunately, Fox was unable to complete his coast-to-coast run, as his cancer returned and spread to his lungs. Fox's vision of awareness lived on and in 1988 The Terry Fox Run earned non-profit status and has since spread to over 9,000 communities annually in Canada.
In 2014, the Harvard Canadian Club hosted its first annual Terry Fox Run, which is organized as a participation only event. Entrants are not required to pay a fee or a specific donation amount, but are encouraged to participate via walking, running or biking as a means to advocate for Fox's mission of raising money to eradicate the world of cancer.
With a number of the members of the men's hockey team hailing from Canada, the team felt it was a strong opportunity to spend a great Sunday afternoon together, while also raising awareness for Fox's cause.
"Having a handful of Canadians on the team, it was a fun way for the team to collectively support a great cause while paying homage to a Canadian national hero," said Devin Tringale. "Terry Fox's story is truly inspiring and the team was honored to participate in race that carries on his incredible legacy."