Sunday September 13 is the Find a Terry Fox run site.Run. It’s only a 5-10km run or walk. It’s whatever your choose to do, but all money raised from the run goes towards cancer research. He’s a great inspiration to kids and adults who have cancer.
For those who don’t know, he ran a marathon a day with 1 leg. One of his legs was amputated due to cancer and replaced with a prosthetic leg. I was at a meeting where they told his story and it’s really touching. Back in the day, cancer patients were shuffled into a section in the hospital where they were all just sitting around waiting to die. He saw all kids in this room and couldn’t just sit around and he wanted to do something to help them. He started out his run to raise awareness and money to help cancer research. He wore a prosthetic leg but the material dug into his flesh from all the friction, daily marathons AND suffering from cancer himself, he was probably in incredible pain. Of course his family begged him to rest, he didn’t stop running. Every morning he woke up and ran to help those kids he saw in the hospital. His goal was to run across Canada. He ran through Canada’s Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario. However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs. An entire nation was stunned and saddened. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22.
For more details about the Terry Fox Run and how you can help, click here.
“I’m not a dreamer, and I’m not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to.” – Terry Fox
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