Don Campbell runs his 30th consecutive Terry Fox run

Nadine Bells
Good NewsSeptember 17, 2012

This Sunday, Don Campbell ran his 30th consecutive Terry Fox run.

"I was inspired by (Terry Fox) at the time," Campbell, 59, said of his first run, then in Montreal. "I think it's up to us to complete (the run)."

Campbell was one of about 12,000 people who ran one of the many 5- and 10-kilometre routes throughout Toronto this weekend. Runs were scheduled worldwide on Sunday, making the 32nd annual Terry Fox run the largest one-day cancer fundraiser on the planet.

Campbell told the Toronto Star that he runs in memory of his brother who died of cancer at the age of 34, leaving behind a wife and child — and is determined to fund the research that could have saved him.

"If it was today, he'd probably be alive," he said.

The first run took place on September 13, 1981, a few months after Terry Fox's death from bone cancer. To date, the annual run has raised more than $600 million for cancer research.