Each year our schools show incredible effort and dedication in hosting the Terry Fox National School Run Day by raising money and making it a memorable experience for everyone involved. Students and staff decorate their school halls, make t-shirts, run assemblies, and create thought-provoking visual displays of information along the run/walk route for their school community to reflect on.

What’s even more wonderful is that hosting the run is solely based on the decision of each school, and we couldn’t be more proud to have more than 100 of our schools registered!

In the 24 years of WRDSB schools participating, our dedicated staff, students and school communities have raised an incredible $954,542.29 – almost one million dollars – for The Terry Fox Foundation. In 2014 alone, WRDSB schools raised $120,995.96!

The money raised by this national event goes to a variety of different cancer research streams. In 2013, research highlights from contributions were: identifying lung cancer early, laying the groundwork for personalized cancer treatment, unravelling the genetics of childhood brain cancer, and rare tumour research leads to diagnostic changes for patients. The advancements in cancer research and detection could not be possible without the help of all our school communities.

Let’s make September 2015 our biggest yet – we can reach the 1 MILLION mark!


Terry Fox run display from Mackenzie King PS.

Terry Fox Run display from Mackenzie King PS.


Students from Hespler PS taking part in the Terry Fox Run.

Students from Hespeler PS taking part in the Terry Fox Run.


Mary Johnston PS staff, true to their word, get their heads shaved as fundraising incentive!

Mary Johnston PS staff stay true to their word, and get their heads shaved as fundraising incentive!