Will Dwyer is Barrie’s million-dollar man.
In the past 41 years, Dwyer has raised $1.2 million for the Terry Fox Foundation to raise awareness and support cancer research.
Sunday’s Terry Fox Run in Barrie is virtual because of COVID-19. This year’s goal is to raise $175,000.
On a personal level, Dwyer himself wants to hit the $2 million mark. He hit $1 million in 2019.
Four years ago, Dwyer was diagnosed with prostate cancer. While the disease has spread, and his son Robert says it has been a battle, the goal of $2 million has kept his dad motivated.
Dwyer uses a scooter to get around and has spent the summer collecting pledges downtown at Open Air Dunlop and the Barrie Farmers’ Market.
“He always likes to help people,” says Robert. “You know, he doesn’t like to see people suffer, and he wanted to find a cure.”
Will Dwyer will be at Centennial Beach at 9 a.m. Sunday with the Terry Fox Foundation. He will be at a table with others collecting donations, selling t-shirts and encouraging participants who have decided to walk or run around Barrie’s waterfront.
Dwyer urges the community to donate one dollar to the Terry Fox Run.