CAP (Cancer Awareness program) Twenty-year-old Akash Dube died this May, of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. But his dream project — the Chennai edition of the Terry Fox Run — which he championed for three years since 2009, will continue in full force this Sunday, August 26.
In January 2009, when Dube decided to organise a Terry Fox Run here, he had written a letter of appeal asking people to join the run. “My sincere hope is that my story will help others face their fears, and look forward to life after cancer.”
Organised by the Rotary Club of Madras East and IIT-Madras, to collect funds for cancer research, over 3,000 Chennaiites have already registered for this year’s run. “We expect to have over 12,000 people on Sunday. Last year, we had 10,000 people running for the cause,” says Badrinarayanan, one of the organisers. The run of 6.4 km will be held between 8am and 12 noon on the IIT campus.
The Terry Fox Run is an annual non-competitive charity event held across the globe to raise money for cancer research.