I had the privilege of running in the Terry Fox Run with Chloe today at school.
Terry Fox is a Canadian Hero.
As a young man he suffered from bone cancer in his leg and had to have it amputated. Two years after his operation he started a running program and set a goal for himself to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He started at the Atlantic Ocean and ran 42km (a full marathon) his first day. He ran another marathon the next day, and then the next. He ran marathon after marathon for 143 days until the pain in his chest stopped him. The cancer had returned - this time in his lungs..
Terry Fox died in June of 1981, but his legacy lives on. I ran in my first school-sponsored Terry Fox Run when I was 9 years old, and millions of Canadian children have participated in his Marathon of Hope since then..
Over $400 million dollars have been raised by the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research, some of it in large endowments, but also much of it in small
*Toonies for Terry* campaigns in elementary schools across the country.