Rick Fall a Sault St. Marie resident has challenged himself mentally and physically by running across more than half of Canada, to raise money and awareness for Make-A-Wish Canada and Childhood Cancer Canada.
This amazing journey was inspired by his niece and his mother. His niece was granted a wish by Make-A-Wish-Canada before she became sick with an illness. His mother passed away from cancer in 2013 and has come across a number of children that have had their battle with cancer.
“I thought I would try and put something back into society while I'm doing something that I loved. The whole idea of doing this run came to my mind in 2011 when my wife, Colette and I got involved with the local Terry Fox run in Sault St. Marie, it's really put a spark in my mind to try and do something that I love doing and while I'm doing it, may as well try and raise money and awareness to these two foundations.” said Fall
Fall continued his journey yesterday morning as he entered Ontario for his last leg of the journey on his way to Sault St. Marie. He ran through Kenora and made a brief pit stop at City Hall to interact with residents as well as being welcomed by Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard.
Throughout his journey he has come face to face with a grizzly and black bear, shed tears as family and friends joined him in the run, dipped his toes in English Bay and persevered through all that for a cause that is very dear to his heart.
By the time Fall arrives in Sault St. Marie he will have ran around 4000 kilometers which is just shy of 100 marathons, but Fall will continue to run to reach that 4200 kilometres once back in Sault St. Marie
Fall started his journey back on April 12, 2021, in Victoria and has raised over $52,000 and counting for both of the causes he's running for.
People can keep track of Fall’s progress and make a donation to help the cause HERE.