About 9,000 Vietnamese and expatriate runners joined the 14th annual Terry Fox Run in late-November, raising an impressive VND850 million (US$43,600) for cancer research in Ho Chi Minh City.
The turnout is particularly impressive considering that last year's run drew 7,500 participants and raised VND730 million ($37,400), the Consulate General of Canada said in a press release issued Monday (December 6).
Pham Xuan Dung, vice director of the HCMC Cancer Center, was grateful to the organizers for raising awareness about cancer and stated that the agreement between the Terry Fox International Foundation and his center on the purchase of an ultrasound machine will allow for improved cancer diagnostics and facilitate crucial research into the prevention of the disease.
The Terry Fox Run, which has now become a global event, was founded in 1981 in commemoration of Canadian cancer activist Terry Fox who had a leg amputated above the knee at the age of 18 because of cancer.
He then ran 5,300 kilometers across Canada to increase awareness and raise money for cancer research.
In Vietnam, the run began in HCMC in 1997 and in Hanoi in 1999, and has raised billions of dong for cancer treatment hospitals in both cities.