Cubans run Marathon of Hope Terry Fox
HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 18 (ACN) Cubans of all ages and walks of life will run today the XX Marathon of Hope Terry Fox, in tribute to the young Canadian turned into a symbol of fight against cancer.
The race will be held in all the municipalities of the country, with simultaneous start at 10 o'clock in the morning, in an event that will be participatory and will not have awards.
In Havana, the departure and finish will be in the Kid Chocolate multipurpose room, occasion in which once again will pay tribute to the memory of Terry Fox, who made a great sacrifice to raise funds in search of a cure against that disease that took his life when he was barely 22 years old.
Fox suffered amputation of his right leg six inches above the knee, at 18 years of age, and with prosthesis he ran the 42 kilometers and 195 meters during 143 consecutive days.
His spirit of never giving up in the battle against the scourge motivates the Cubans to take to the streets to run or walk, as a sign that through physical exercise people can combat that ailment.
Dr. Teresa Romero, head of the project against cancer in the Ministry of Public Health, told the press the crucial importance of promoting the race from an educational point of view and a better quality of life.
She added that in Cuba for more than 20 years ago this disease is one of the main causes of mortality, and in the face of this situation, efforts should be intensified to continue the research that will help find a cure.
The expectation with the Marathon of Hope Terry Fox- she said - is to mobilize people to participate and engage in physical activity.
Carlos Gattorno, director of the Marabana / Maracuba project, also called for this Saturday to be a day of celebration for life, solidarity and love; that will be the best way to remember Terry Fox, he said.