For the third consecutive year, ECN’s major partner, Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 (CCHE), under the auspices of the Canadian Embassy in Egypt, has organized a fundraising marathon to promote cancer research in the name of Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete who fought cancer. The Terry Fox Marathon, which took place on the American University in Cairo campus on November 17th, is a 4km run and proceeds from the event are used to fund cancer research initiatives at CCHE.
Mr. Terry Fox, the inspiration behind the event, became a celebrated character in the fight against cancer when he participated in the Marathon of Hope, a marathon which took its participants across Canada. Mr. Fox completed the marathon with the aid of an artificial leg. He eventually succumbed to cancer at the young age of 22, after running 3,339 miles over 14 days. Canadians have since maintained his legacy with pride and admiration, celebrating him as a national hero on the annual occasion of the Terry Fox Run in Canada.
The miniature replica of the Canadian Terry Fox Run by CCHE was supported entirely through sponsorship and donations and welcomed hundreds of students from regional universities and schools to participate. Also in attendance were representatives from partnering companies, banks and hotels who provided their support to the event, in addition to the Canadian Ambassador H.E. Mr. David Drake, and representatives from the EU delegation, AUC officials, CCHE management, the Egyptian ministry of Tourism, and other foreign diplomatic missions. The marathon was accompanied by musical performances and cancer awareness efforts.
For media coverage of this version of the Marathon, please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=EG&feature=share&v=XJkhPhIm6qs