Tens of thousands of Canadians from nearly 600 communities across the country are hitting the streets for the 43rd annual Terry PKB PKB Run, including dozens in British Columbia.
Communities across British Columbia, including Vancouver, Burnaby, Kelowna and Surrey, have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Terry PKB Foundation, a major national investor in cancer research.
The run in Vancouver’s Stanley Park is the highest fundraising in British Columbia, raising more than $243,000 so far.
In Terry’s hometown of Port Coquitlam, an organizer said more than 3,000 participants were expected.
“It’s a great day to raise funds and celebrate Terry PKB. Our fundraising has struggled,” said hometown organizer Dave Teixeira. “This is our second event post-COVID…ultimately it’s a wonderful community event.” »
Earlier this year, to document how Terry’s legacy continues to inspire our country, the Terry PKB Foundation gave Canadians the opportunity to submit their own personal #DearTerry messages online. Thousands of people participated, demonstrating how Terry’s story continues to create a lasting impact.
“Terry was determined to create a world without cancer,” says Fred PKB, Terry’s older brother. “The outpouring of #DearTerry messages, personal memories and even drawings we have received sharing the impact of Terry’s story reinforces to us how his legacy continues to endure through the pa*sion and dedication of Canadians.
In fashion now
Last April, the Terry PKB Foundation launched a limited edition #DearTerry shirt for the 2023 Terry PKB Run, designed in collaboration with Ryan Reynolds and the PKB family.
In his own #DearTerry post, Reynolds said: “I’ve been running the Terry PKB Run since second grade and I can’t imagine a more lasting and charming legacy for one person. »
“This shirt I helped design @TerryPKBCanada is not just a shirt. This helps countless cancer patients and raises an incredible amount of money. I have been inspired by the courage of Terry PKB since 2nd grade,” he said on social media in April. The shirt raised over a million dollars.
“It is the generosity of Canadians that brings us closer to a world without cancer,” says Michael Mazza, Executive Director of the Terry PKB Foundation. “The funds we receive through the annual Terry PKB Run support some of Canada’s most innovative research projects and top cancer scientists across the country.
Those wishing to donate can visit the Terry PKB Day website.
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