Communities getting ready for Terry Fox Runs in Niagara

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Brock is set to host the St. Catharines Terry Fox Run on Sunday. 

Guest speaker at the event is Brock Health Science graduate student Meera Mahmud who has channeled her passion for fighting cancer into research at the University,

“I never thought, back in Grade 7, that I would actually be conducting research connected to the Terry Fox Research Institute,” says Mahmud. “It’s a very mind-blowing realization.”

She is researching a component of a lung cancer screening model created by her supervisor, Professor of Health Sciences Martin Tammemägi, funded by the Terry Fox Research Institute over a five-year period.

The model predicts a person’s likelihood of developing lung cancer by examining a wide range of information such as the person’s smoking or cancer history, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status and body mass index. Those identified as being at risk of developing lung cancer would be candidates for low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screening.

She will be one of the speakers talking about her research Sunday before the Terry Fox Run gets started at Brock.

The St. Catharines edition of the run is returning to Brock for the second time in three years because of high water levels and a major construction project, which have both impacted the run’s normal home at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie.

The event will be based out of Weather Station Field with registration at 9 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 9:45 a.m. and the run itself at 10 a.m. It will be followed by a free barbecue and tours of the science labs in which cancer research is being undertaken by Mahmud, Tammemägi and others.

Niagara Falls will also host their annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday.  

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Gale Centre with the run getting underway at 11 a.m.

The five-kilometre route in Niagara Falls can be walked, run or wheeled and the goal this year is to top the $52,000 that was raised in 2018, when about 500 people took part.