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Four Seasons champions Terry Fox Run

Hotel chain founder made promise to runner; local manager helping keep dream alive

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What: Terry Fox Run

Where: Riverside Campground and RV Park

When: Sunday, Sept. 19; 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start

In the 23 years since Terry Fox succumbed to cancer during a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research, the Terry Fox Run has grown into one of the most successful fundraising events in the world. During that time more than $340 million has been raised for Cancer Research, with thousands of runs across Canada, and almost two million participants in more than 50 different countries. B.C. and the Yukon together have over 150 runs.

One of the reasons for that success is the dedication of Isadore ‘Izzy’ Sharp, the founder and CEO of the Four Seasons Hotel chain.

Sharp, like many Canadians, was deeply affected by Terry Fox’s inspirational run across Canada. He visited with Terry Fox before the runner died, and Sharp promised to keep the dream alive.

Sharp went on to help create the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research and the very first Terry Fox Run. Sharp also made sure that there was a Terry Fox Run at every Four Seasons location around world, which is part of the reason why you can find runs in more than 50 nations.

Scott Taber has helped to run the Singapore Terry Fox Run for the last few years as the general manager of the Four Seasons Resort in that country. The Singapore event has also become the largest Terry Fox Run in the world, with more than 8,000 runners in 2003. Now the general manager of the Whistler Four Seasons, Taber hopes to continue that work here.

"When I moved to Canada a year ago… the first Sunday I was here was the Terry Fox Run. My wife had already been here for a few days, and before I knew it we were involved. I was thrilled to be able to jump in and lend the (organizers) a hand," said Taber.

"I know our hotel is committed to help any way we can here. The bottom line is to help raise as much money as we can for the foundation and the work they’re doing."

Taber actually met Betty Fox, Terry’s mother, and heard the story over dinner.

"You’ve heard Terry’s story a thousand times, but only when you hear from his mom do you really get a sense of how hard it was for him to do his run, how he struggled," said Taber.

"I’m a runner myself, I’ve been doing the Terry Fox Run every year since 1985. I just want to see as many people come out and participate in this wonderful event."

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