Despite the overcast sky, 658 people took part in the Terry Fox Run on Sunday.
Organizer Betty Levens was worried the possibility of rain might discourage people from coming out, but that wasn’t the case for those who gathered in the parking lot of the Hammond Community Centre.
So far, $29,168 has been raised in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows for the Terry Fox Foundation and the fight against cancer.
More donations are coming as local schools take part and host their own Terry Fox runs.
“Last year’s total, the complete total at the end of everything, was $34,830. So we’ve got about $5,000 to go. I think it’s possible,” said Levens.
Despite the fact that all three runs, the one-kilometre, five-kilometre and 10-kilometre circuits, all had to be re-routed this year because of construction, Levens didn’t hear any complaints.
“Eric Muller did a super job reorganizing the routes for everybody. He’s done the route for two, maybe three years. He knows what he’s doing, so it’s wonderful to have people like him,” said Levens,.
Pitt Meadows resident Vanessa Murray, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment, had 20 members of her family and friends out sporting purple T-shirts with bright pink lettering for Vanessa’s team Hope.
“I just hope that every year it gets bigger and stronger. [That] more people see the need to come out and participate and see the importance of it and keep the legacy alive,” said Murray.