ZAGREB, September 24, 2018 – The 19th edition of the humanitarian race called Terry Fox Run, aimed at strengthening the fight against cancer, was held at Zagreb’s Jarun Lake on Sunday.
The event drew over 5,000 people who ran, skated, walked or bicycled. Many bought T-shirts made for this occasion at the price of 50 kuna.
The run was organised by the Canadian Embassy in cooperation with the Croatian League Against Cancer, among others.
The aim of the run is to raise funds for cancer research in Croatia and helping patients. Over 6.3 million kuna has been raised to date. The money raised this year will be donated to the Ruđer Bošković Institute for cancer research.
This non-competitive event takes place every year in honour of Canadian athlete Terry Fox, who lost a leg to cancer. In order to raise money for treatment, in 1980 he embarked on a run across Canada, which he called the Marathon of Hope. He ran 143 days, but failed to finish the run because the disease came back, claiming his life at 22. In his memory, the Fox family launched a drive to raise money for the fight against cancer, which is held every year in Canada and over 60 countries across the world, including Croatia.