Over the past 39 years, a Sault man has raised $120K while participating in the annual Terry Fox Run
SAULT STE. MARIE -- For the past 38 years, on the third Sunday of September, you would have found Art Mac Donald at the Terry Fox run in Sault Ste. Marie.
MacDonald,75, has participated in every single run since the second year.
"Terry Fox said somewhere the hurting has to stop. And who do you know that doesn’t have cancer?," said MacDonald.
The retired elementary teacher and cancer survivor first learned of Terry Fox when he drove past him on the highway outside of White River in 1980.
"Coming back we passed him on the road he was going north and we were going south. We didn’t know what that was about but there was a big commotion kind of idea," said Mac Donald,
"Then once you get home and you see the highlights of it and then they had a big fundraiser and that inspired me."
In his 39 years of fundraising, MacDonald is set to break the $120,000 mark this year.
"Wow that’s amazing," said Fred Fox, Terry Fox’s older brother.
"That’s the kind of inspiration that Terry has had on different people. Whether it’s been 39, 40 years or five or six years. It’s amazing, again we couldn’t do it without those people that have been around 40, 39, 30 plus years. It’s truly amazing."
Local organizers say MacDonald has raised the most amount of money for the Terry Fox run in the Sault since it started in 1981.
Why does he continue to do it every year?
For MacDonald it’s all about the great community support he receives and that they still haven’t found a cure for cancer.