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More than $6,000 raised for cancer research
Runs in the Deh Cho generate big bucks

Jeanne Gagnon
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, September 19, 2013

More than 100 people laced up their running shoes and walked or ran, raising money for cancer research earlier this month.

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About 25 people laced up their sneakers for the Terry Fox Run and the CIBC Run for Our Lives events in Fort Simpson on Sept. 15, raising a combined $5,590. - Jeanne Gagnon/NNSL photo

Fort Simpson hosted the Terry Fox Run and the ninth annual CIBC Run for Our Lives on Sept. 15, attracting about 25 people.

The Terry Fox run raised about $1,090 while the CIBC run raised approximately $4,500.

The participants raised a combined $5,590.

"I thought it was a success," said Nathan McPherson, the village's recreation co-ordinator.

"Obviously, it would always be a little nicer to have bigger numbers, but the weather was nice and it sounded like it was a lot of fun."

The CIBC run supports Northern breast cancer projects, equipment and research.

"It was a great turnout this year," said branch manager Courtney Squirrel.

"We had great people that showed up for the run. We started a little bit late in the year fundraising but still, I believe this year was a great success, as is every year."

Karen Hudry said she participated "because it's an important day. It's the least we can do for all the awareness about cancer."

Heading toward the territory's border, students in Fort Liard also laced up their sneakers and ran, walked or wheeled their way through the hamlet to raise money for the sixth-annual Terry Fox Run for the Cure.

Nearly 100 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 participated in the event on a warm Sept. 13 and raised $950, William Gowans, principal at Echo Dene School, wrote in an e-mail.

"Bottles of cold water and Freezies were wolfed down in the heat of the afternoon sun while students and staff complete their run/walk," he stated.

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