Watani Bank Organizes Terry Fox Run [Archives:2001/39/Local News]
Mr. Arshad Zaidi, Branch Manager of Aden Watani Bank, and a group of Yemeni doctors, businessmen and women are planning to make the Terry Fox Run an annual event in Yemen to raise money for cancer patients. .
The first Terry Fox Run was organized in 1981, a year after Terry Fox died of cancer. Terry was born in Canada in 1959.
He was an active teenager involved in many sports. He was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and forced to have his right leg amputated six inches above the knee in 1977. Three years later, he inspired the nation by attempting to run across Canada on an artificial leg. He called his quest the Marathon of Hope.
Its mission was to raise money and awareness for cancer research in Canada. Unfortunately, cancer reappeared in his lungs, killing him after he had run 5,373 kilometers in 143 days.
The First Terry Fox Run in Yemen is scheduled for October 29th, 2001 in Aden.