Last weekend Zagreb hosted the 18th edition of the international humanitarian sports event the Terry Fox Run.
This year around 6,000 participants gathered at the start line at the Jarun Lake in Zagreb to express their support to those suffering from this deadly disease and to raise funds for cancer research in Croatia. Over the years, more than 6.3 million Kunas have been collected. The entire amount collected at this year's run will be donated to the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb for further cancer research.
The event was sponsored by the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Science and Education, the Central State Sports Office and the mayor of Zagreb.
Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money for treatment and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy.
In his memory, the Fox family launched a run to raise money for the fight against cancer, which is held every year in Canada and over 60 countries across the world, including Croatia.