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Grade 3 student leads the way with Terry Fox Run fundraising in Ladysmith

Romy’s Team helps run/walk event surpass its local fundraising goal
Romy Lou Russell, left, and Charlotte Scruton write messages on a Terry Fox Run banner outside the Frank Jameson Community Centre prior to the run/walk on Sunday, Sept. 17. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)


An elementary school student was the top fundraiser at this year’s Terry Fox Run in Ladysmith.

Romy Lou Russell, a Grade 3 student at École North Oyster, organized Romy’s Team, which raised $370 for the Terry Fox Foundation and helped Ladysmith’s run/walk raise $1,300, surpassing its goal of $1,000.

Russell, when she learned about Terry Fox as a Grade 1 student, developed something of a phobia of prosthetics. Not only has she worked to overcome that fear, she has become a champion for Fox’s memory and his cause, as she believes the Canadian hero should be better-known internationally, and she has a goal to do her own fundraiser run one day.

Ladysmith’s Terry Fox Run was held Sunday, Sept. 17, starting and finishing at the Frank Jameson Community Centre. About 35 participants were welcome to do as many laps as they liked along a 2.5-kilometre loop around the secondary school and primary school and up to Kinsmen-Brown Drive Park.

Proceeds from Terry Fox Run events across Canada help the Terry Fox Foundation fund cancer research.

“It is the generosity of Canadians that moves us one step closer to a world without cancer,” said Michael Mazza, the foundation’s executive director, in a press release. “The funds we receive through the annual Terry Fox Run go towards supporting some of Canada’s most innovative research projects and top cancer scientists across the country.”

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Terry Fox Run participants set out from the Frank Jameson Community Centre on Sunday, Sept. 17. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

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