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The 13th edition of the race Terry Fox or Marathon of Hope has taken place again in the streets, and places all around Cuba on Saturday as a tribute to the young Canadian whose life was cut short by the terrible scourge.

Betty and Rolly Fox, Terry's parents and his sister Judith Fox-Alder, president of the Terry Fox Foundation, visiting Cuba for the first time, witnessed  the start at the capital's sport facility Kid Chocolate.

The event  had a participatory nature. Therefore, there were no winners or awards and all people, sick or not, may run, walk, or participate in wheelchairs, roller skates, or bicycle.

This race for human solidarity takes place steadily in Cuba since 1998 and is inserted into the national health promotion in line with the quality of life of the population.

Its first five versions were carried out in the Cuban capital, but were extended to 169 municipalities of the country from 2003 as part of the official calendar of the circuit Maracuba-Marabana.

The last version was attended by one million 965 thousand 790 participants over 5 thousand 107 races across the island and it placed Cuba in the second place, after Canada, regarding the massive among the 50 countries promoting this beautiful

The race was precisely the means Terry Fox used to foster for 143 days the necessity to unite efforts to fight cancer, and bind more people and public institutions in this endeavor.

The sensitivity, love and determination to deal with this disease encourage Cubans with Fox’s fighting spirit and iron will of the young Canadian to be again running on the streets.

By Odalys Valdes Cimadevilla

Source: Cubasi

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