Sunday, August 26, 2007

Terry Fox Run: Charity Auction

The Terry Fox Foundation will hold a celebrityauction in which 12 pairs of 25th Anniversary Terry Fox Limited Edition Replica Shoes, signed by 12 world-class athletes, will be auctioned on eBay starting on August 31. The signed 25th Anniversary Terry Fox Limited Edition Replica Shoes feature the signatures of Terry’s hero, Muhammad Ali, and 11 great Canadian athletes including Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Cindy Klassen, Kurt Browning, Mike Weir, Donovan Bailey, Larry Walker, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Silken Laumann and Catriona LeMay Doan. Each pair of the iconic blue shoes will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and a map of the Marathon of Hope on the sole liner. The shoes are packaged in a limited edition collector's case. All proceeds from the sales of the shoes will be donated directly to cancer research. To also mark the 25th anniversary of Terry Fox's celebrated journey, the Terry Fox Foundation will release 6,500 pairs of the Orion TF, the 1979 model shoes Terry Fox wore on his celebrated trek, the Marathon of Hope. The shoes will be available in men's sizes from 6-13. The Terry Fox Foundation in conjunction with Adidas-Salomon Canada and Sport Chek, intend to put the profits from the sale of the Terry Fox Limited Edition Replica Shoe to the foundation, which raises money to support cancer research. The
Forzani Group Foundation
is a charitable foundation that oversees fundraising activities organized by Forzani Group Ltd. and will contribute an additional $10 (loonies) for every shoe sold at Sport Chek stores. The Terry Fox Foundation and Adidas-Salomon Canada, will also produce four million shoe tags to commemorate the 25th anniversary. The tags have the words, "This shoe ran in the 25th Terry Fox Run" on one side and an image of the Orion TF on the other. The Terry Fox Foundation will distribute the tags to the millions of children nationwide participating in the Terry Fox National School Run Day on September 16. The tags will also be sold for $1 (Ca) through the Foundation's website, and available at Sport Chek stores on Sept. 8 All profits will go to the foundation. The foundation has raised $360 million for cancer research. This year's Terry Fox Run For Cancer Research will take place across Canada and in over 50 other countries on Sept. 18. During the 1980 marathon Terry Fox wore out nine left shoes, but never needed to replace the shoe on his artificial leg. He covered an average of 42 km a day until he was forced to abandon his journey when cancer spread to his lungs. Terry died four months later aged 22.

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