Cuba holds Marathon of Hope Terry Fox
Havana, March 6 : Cuban sport authorities expect that the XV edition of Marathon of Hope Terry Fox, to be held next Sunday throughout the island, will be the most massive of its history in the country, Carlos Gattorno, chairman of the organising committee said.
Over two million people participated in the 2012 race with the name of a young Canadian who defied his disease, aiming to raise awareness on the fight against cancer.
As usual, the starting signal will be given by the official radio station Radio Reloj at 10.00 (14.00 GMT) at the Multipurpose Sports Hall Kid Chocolate in Old Havana.
The funds collected by the event will be donated in benefit of researches against cancer, second leading cause of death in the country in 2012.
"This event has become very a popular. It is a friendship and brotherhood symbol between the Cuban and Canadian people, identifying human and solidarity values in Terry Fox," Gattorno stressed.
Canada Ambassador Matthew Levin highlighted that the massive participation is a true example of the generosity and human solidarity of Cubans for a right cause.
"I'm pride of being a witness of the great participation, which demonstrates also the healthful relation of friendship between both countries," the diplomat said.
The Marathon of Hope pays tribute to Canadian Terry Fox, who lost his right leg due to osteosarcoma, and ran with a prosthesis in the intention to cross Canada from coast to coast to collect funds and raise the awareness on the necessary research against cancer.
Fox ran 143 days and 3,106 miles, but was interrupted due to the metastasis of cancer that took finally his life on June 28, 1981, a month before turning 23 years old.