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Funds sought for Terry Fox monument

A group of volunteers in Burlington is raising funds for a monument to mark the location and distance that Terry Fox had run by the time he arrived in Burlington on his cross-country Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research.

Terry FOx Run Monument image___GalleryCity staff, myself and Councillor Rick Craven worked together with organizers to find an appropriate location in the city for the monument. The six foot granite structure will be erected in Spencer Smith Park near the flower beds at the Maple and Lakeshore intersection. It seemed a fitting location, as Terry’s run came through this intersection, and the annual fundraising run is along Beachway Park.

The monument will include the date Terry reached Burlington and the mile marker: 3,582

No money donated to the Terry Fox Foundation or the Burlington Terry Fox Run Committee will go towards this project. Fundraising is independent. To donate contact Greg Costa at 905-335-1909, or costagreg@cogeco.ca.

This year’s run takes place Sept. 20. For more information, visit the Burlington Terry Fox Run Community on Facebook.

My Take:

This is an exciting project for our community, and reminds us of our connection to a national story. Terry Fox is an inspiration to volunteers and everybody who sees a need in their community and steps up to do something about it despite the obstacles. This monument is our way to say we’ve personally been touched and benefited by what he did and we continue to be inspired as a community.

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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