terryfoxtaCharley Perkins, 7, with Gabe Gilbert, 6, at Friday's Terry Fox Run."I'm running for Terry Fox," says Kenzie Richards, 7, as she joined her classmates for a run Friday.

Kenzie was among the hundreds of students, who ran for Terry Fox at St. Thomas Aquinas.

"He ran a long way," agreed Charley Perkins, also 7. "He stopped at Thunder Bay."

Runners, walkers, cyclists of all ages started registering for the run in Kenora first this morning. They included Marj Poirier, who shared a personal memory from the Marathon of Hope.

"When I was in high school, I was in Thunder Bay. I drove out to see Terry Fox run. Unfortunately, I saw him getting into the ambulance and driving away," she recalled.

The Valleyview event is just one of many held by schools in communities across the world, as the legacy of the Marathon of Hope lives on. Since 1980, more than 700 million has been raised in the fight against cancer.

For Poirier, this has added significance.

"My daughter Chloe has been battling this disease for 12 years of her 14-year-old life," she added.

Over the next few days, schools and community groups around the world will be holding events, as they remember the determination of a Canadian icon.

"I believe in miracles... I have to," Fox is quoted as saying.

For more information:

Terry Fox Foundation - Ways to give

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