Dresden did it again.
Building on its storied history, the community’s 27th edition of Terry Fox Run held Sept. 18 raised more than $51,000, again beating the record of the previous year.
According to organizer Meg Robinson, electricity was in the air the day of the event with more than 250 people taking part.
“It sure was Terry time that Sunday,” Robinson explained. “Every year, Dresden steps up to the plate, and this year was no different with us reaching an all-time record for most money raised.”
The post-pandemic run allowed participants and volunteers to gather together now that COVID-19 protocols have been relaxed.
“Everyone was genuinely happy to be back together in person to continue to support a cause so near and dear to so many,” Robinson said.
In the past, the Dresden event has received high-level recognition as it’s been in the top 10 in Ontario for more than two decades for dollars raised per capita.
For 25 years, the event was co-ordinated by Cindy Brewer, who turned over the reins to Robinson in 2021.
Other Chatham-Kent Terry Fox events achieved success.
In Blenheim, close to $25,000 was raised in the community; Tilbury’s event raised over $15,000; while Wallaceburg Terry Fox Run supporters brought in more than $19,000.
Terry Fox Runs in Ridgetown and Chatham were both online, raising about $3,000.
Since Terry Fox ran his Marathon of Hope in 1980, Canadians have raised more than $850 million for cancer research through annual Terry Fox events.