A Prince George man will be honoured this Sunday at the 36th Annual Terry Fox Run. Jim Terrion has raised over $658,000 for The Terry Fox Foundation. Terrion has been going door-to-door raising money over the past three decades. This year alone, in Prince George and Prince Rupert, he has brought in $31,417.25. The Terry Fox Foundation is amazed by his efforts.
“He will probably take in 80 pledge sheets and fill those front and back with donations that come in,” Donna White, Provincial Director, BC and Yukon Terry Fox Foundation said. “It’s people like him that have been this for so many years and we have people participating on Sunday for their thirty-sixth time so it’s really amazing.”
Jim’s mother Faye Terrion always knew he would do great things. When Jim was diagnosed as hearing impaired, his mother was given news she couldn’t believe.
“After we had seen the doctor she told us he would never amount to anything in his lifetime.” Faye Terrion said. “I couldn’t believe it when she told me that – proved her wrong boy.”
Jim Terrion was inspired to fundraise after he saw Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope on TV.
“He watched him everyday on TV and he said, ‘he’s handicapped and I’m handicapped so I wanna do it, too.'” Faye Terrion said.
In 1990, Jim started his first walk across Canada which came to be known as The Silent Walk. During this walk, he raised money for the deaf. When he completed his walk in 1991, he began his work fundraising for The Terry Fox Foundation.
Since then, Terrion has recieved many recognitions and awards. His works has brought him from dropping the puck at a Vancouver Canucks game to carrying the 2010 Winter Games torch. In 2006, Terrion was the recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award.