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Bill Elton honoured by Terry Fox Foundation

Sunday, 23 September 2012. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Bill Elton of Cowley was honoured Sept. 16 for his dedication to the Terry Fox Foundation and the cause of cancer research.

Fay Jenkins presented not one, but three plaques to honour Bill for his three decades of commitment and volunteerism.

“In everything there’s what is known as the backbone or the worker,” Fay said when introducing Bill to the group gathered for the annual walk. 

“Ella Froese said she would call the meetings, and Bill would attend to things to make it happen,” she added. “He has been on the committee since it was started, and did the background work.”

Bill has organized the Terry Fox Run in Pincher Creek since 1989, and it consistently raises $3,000 to $4,000 each year.

Bill became involved with the Terry Fox Foundation after his first wife, Lorraine, died of cancer. Like so many others whose lives have been touched by cancer, he made the decision to make a difference.

The award presentation was a secret closely guarded by fellow volunteers Fay, Margaret Keer and Connie Brown, and by Bill’s wife, Carol Getzlaff. As icing on the cake, Bill’s son Boyd and wife Ellen of Whitecourt were on hand to congratulate him in person.

Boyd participated in the walk with his dad for many years in the tradition of a family-oriented event. Heather Kidd’s whole family used to attend – this year she was kidless, but everyone was part of the family event.

Irene and Wayne Hollander were joined by their daughter Jody Karpiak and her children Joey Kai and Shelby. Even Lucy the dog joined in Irene’s tradition of walking in memory of her parents.

Amelia Woodard was the only one to actually run the course, and she did it more than once. The rest of us enjoyed the creekside walk on a beautiful fall afternoon and the opportunity to get to know some new people.

Local participants raised over $4,500 – outstanding when you consider there were only 14 people and four dogs at the starting line!

Of every dollar raised by the Terry Fox Foundation, 84 cents goes to cancer research. The event also serves as a remembrance tribute to Terry Fox, who dreamed of raising one dollar in the national school run day on Thursday, Sept. 27.



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Celebrating Bill Elton’s recognition for service to the Terry Fox Foundation, from left, are fellow volunteers Fay Jenkins, Margaret Keer and Connie Brown.






It was a family affair for Wayne and Irene Hollander. Their daughter and grandkids joined them from Calgary and walked the route twice. From left are Irene, Shelby Karpiak, Jody Karpiak, Joey Kai Karpiak, and Wayne with Lucy the dog.





Bill Elton celebrated his awards of recognition with his family. His son, Boyd, and daughter-in-law, Ellen, of Whitecourt joined the participants on the creekside trail. From left are Ellen, Boyd, Bill and his wife, Carol Getzlaff.





Shelby Karpiak of Calgary joined her grandparents, Irene and Wayne Hollander, in the 32nd annual Terry Fox Run Sept. 16. Over $4,500 was raised at the Pincher Creek event. It’s not too late to contribute to cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation, as the national school run day is Sept. 27.




Story and photos by Shannon Robin

This article was taken from the Sept. 19 print edition of Shootin' the Breeze.

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