Fall always makes me think of school and when I think of kids going back to school I think of Terry Fox.
I know you non-Canadians are thinking – who?
Terry Fox was a very athletic Canadian teenager and at 18 he was diagnosed with bone cancer. In turn he was forced to have one of his legs amputated 15 cm’s above the knee. Even with his own traumatic experience Terry left the hospital not worried about himself, but concerned about the other cancer patients; most of which, were young children.
It was then that the “Marathon of Hope” was born – as Terry pledged to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
After lots of intense training on his false leg he started his run in Newfound Land on April 12th 1980 and ran an average distance of the equivalent of a marathon daily. Word quickly spread and people started to get really excited as this young amputee continued to run all through the Eastern provinces. Unfortunately after reaching Thunder Bay Ontario the cancer spread to his lungs and he was forced to stop, after running over 5,000 km’s. Terry lost his life on June 28th 1981 and the entire Nation was devastated.
Every year most Canadian cities and school’s host a “Terry Fox Run” to continue his legacy and raise money for cancer.
During my time in elementary school I had no interest in running, unless it was on a soccer field and so my memories of Terry Fox runs are of me walking and giggling with my girl friends. Once High School hit I was “too cool”, a smoker and I actually remember getting in trouble one walk for smoking during it!
However, now that I’m a parent, have had people in my life affected by cancer and love running and can now appreciate what Terry was trying to do – I plan on doing something I’ve never done: RUN THE TERRY FOX RUN
So on September 16th at Gage Park Hamilton – I’ll be running for Terry along with my family! anyone local is invited to come run the 5k with me. No entry fees, no registration – just donate whatever you can (there’s no minimum) and all proceeds go to the Terry Fox Foundation, which in turn goes towards cancer research. Anyone not-local is invited to run a virtual 5k and blog about it
ARE YOU IN??? (local peeps let me know in the comments if you can make it and I’ll send you an email) OR find a run site near you
1. Canadian friends – have you ever ‘run‘ the Terry Fox Run??
2. Has anyone in your life been effected by cancer??
I have know a few people that survived this horrific disease and a couple that didn’t. I feel blessed that for the most part my family is healthy. I can’t imagine having to lose a close loved one to such a thing. My heart goes out to anyone that has personally had to deal with Cancer.
3. Were you active as a child?? in high school?? or is this new for you too??
Other than hockey and soccer, both of which I gave up by mid high school I haven’t really been active. Now I need exercise daily!!!