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City of Markham commemorates 40th anniversary of Marathon of Hope

Monday, June 1, 2020

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MARKHAM, ON – June 2, 2020 – The City of Markham is lining Town Centre Boulevard from Highway 7 to Warden Avenue with banners to honour Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist, Terry Fox, and the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope.

Terry passed through Thornhill during his historic run to raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer, and his bravery and determination continue to inspire and unite us all as we persevere through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This serves as a call to all Canadians,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This is a time for us to unite as one community, and though it may not be in person, we are still here for each other in spirit, much like the legacy of this Canadian hero. Forty years after his Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox continues to inspire us, reminding us to push through the hard times and to never give up. Support cancer research and let’s honour his memory and continue to spread hope, something we can all use now during the pandemic and for many years to come.”

Terry touched many with his dream on his Marathon of Hope, and connected communities across Canada who longed for miracles. Forty years later, his legacy continues to connect us, and these banners are a small gesture of appreciation for Terry, his legacy, his foundation and all the volunteers and participants of the Terry Fox Run.

“In a regular year, The Terry Fox Foundation knows it can always count on the generosity of the citizens of Markham in their support of The Terry Fox Run. In a year like this one, that support is ever more important because cancer is not waiting for COVID-19 to be over. We are so grateful to the City of Markham for keeping the Run in the hearts and minds of their wonderful residents with these banners,” says Martha McClew, Director of Operations in Canada East for The Terry Fox Foundation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on our health care system and cancer patients need us now more than ever.

The City of Markham is pleased to encourage physically-distanced participation in this year’s virtual Terry Fox Run on September 20. Markham residents can register, sign-in or donate at www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/thornhill or www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/markham-unionville.

The street banners will remain on display along Town Centre Boulevard until the end of 2020.

COVID-19 will continue to impact Markham and the world throughout the coming months and our City will continue to work with all levels of government, our community and local businesses to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and get through this challenging time together.

For more information on the City of Markham’s COVID-19 response and service adjustments, please ask our Virtual Web Assistant at markham.ca/covid19 or our Virtual Telephone Assistant at 1.833.926.0929.

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham: Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham: Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards. Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.



MARKHAM, ON – June 2, 2020 – The City of Markham is lining Town Centre Boulevard from Highway 7 to Warden Avenue with banners to honour Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist, Terry Fox, and the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope.

Terry passed through Thornhill during his historic run to raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer, and his bravery and determination continue to inspire and unite us all as we persevere through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This serves as a call to all Canadians,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This is a time for us to unite as one community, and though it may not be in person, we are still here for each other in spirit, much like the legacy of this Canadian hero. Forty years after his Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox continues to inspire us, reminding us to push through the hard times and to never give up. Support cancer research and let’s honour his memory and continue to spread hope, something we can all use now during the pandemic and for many years to come.”

Terry touched many with his dream on his Marathon of Hope, and connected communities across Canada who longed for miracles. Forty years later, his legacy continues to connect us, and these banners are a small gesture of appreciation for Terry, his legacy, his foundation and all the volunteers and participants of the Terry Fox Run.

“In a regular year, The Terry Fox Foundation knows it can always count on the generosity of the citizens of Markham in their support of The Terry Fox Run. In a year like this one, that support is ever more important because cancer is not waiting for COVID-19 to be over. We are so grateful to the City of Markham for keeping the Run in the hearts and minds of their wonderful residents with these banners,” says Martha McClew, Director of Operations in Canada East for The Terry Fox Foundation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on our health care system and cancer patients need us now more than ever.

The City of Markham is pleased to encourage physically-distanced participation in this year’s virtual Terry Fox Run on September 20. Markham residents can register, sign-in or donate at www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/thornhill or www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/markham-unionville.

The street banners will remain on display along Town Centre Boulevard until the end of 2020.

COVID-19 will continue to impact Markham and the world throughout the coming months and our City will continue to work with all levels of government, our community and local businesses to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and get through this challenging time together.

For more information on the City of Markham’s COVID-19 response and service adjustments, please ask our Virtual Web Assistant at markham.ca/covid19 or our Virtual Telephone Assistant at 1.833.926.0929.

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham: Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham: Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards. Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.