What an amazing run we all had earlier this month, with friends, family, colleagues of Star Mountain Capital and Charitable Foundation coming out to help raise money for cancer research at the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research in Central Park. We are so thankful to everyone who supported the Star Mountain team and helped us become one of highest fundraising groups for the New York City run, raising over $13,000 with 100% of all proceeds from the run going directly to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer center for rare cancer research. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Over 3,000 participants gathered in New York’s Central Park on Saturday, October 13th to support the development of cancer research in honor of Terry Fox. Despite the cold and rain, it was a beautiful day and we couldn’t have been more proud to join together to celebrate Terry’s legacy, while keeping his dream of finding a cure for cancer alive.
Terry decided to run across Canada, some 6,000 miles, to raise money for cancer research. On April 12th, 1980 at St. Johns, Newfoundland, Terry dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean and began what he called the “Marathon of Hope.” For the next 143 days, he ran 26 miles per day, the distance of a marathon. He crossed 3,300 miles until, on September 1, 1980 near Thunder Bay, Ontario he was forced to stop. The cancer had spread to his lungs and he died on June 28th, 1981, a month before his 23rd birthday.
Star Mountain Capital has been a supporter of the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research for many years now, as a part of our broader efforts to help raise money and awareness for cancer prevention and treatment. Our founder and CEO, Brett Hickey, lost his mother to cancer research at the age of 6 and in 2014, he lost his beloved aunt to this disease.
Brett believes that one day we will be able to beat cancer, and the more research we do, the sooner that day will come.
We encourage you to contribute to our fundraising efforts for the Terry Fox Foundation by going to terryfoxrunnyc.org. The website will be available for online donations until December 31st, 2018.