Terry Fox. An example.

Yep, if there was anyone that inspires and motivates, Terry Fox.

I always find it unusual when I cross paths with someone that has never heard the name. I know there are Terry Fox runs around the world, for some reason his story doesn’t resonate with all?

In 1977, as a young man of 19, he had his right leg amputated, after diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.

In 1980 he set out to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer….with a cross Canada run that began after dipping that artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean at St John’s Newfoundland. The goal, a marathon a day to the Pacific Ocean on th other end of the country.

He made it as far as Thunder Bay, Ontario….after 143 days, 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles)….where he stopped, the cancer had returned. It had days before that day in September, but he refused to go to a hospital until then, when hsi body said it couldn’t carry on…..he passed away on June 28th 1981.

HIs original goal was to have every Canadian donate just $1.

His dream continues, the first Terry Fox Run took place in September 1981, and every year since, the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Informal, no corporate sponsorship – Terry refused every offer of corporate sponsorship during his run.

The distances vary, the event takes place across the country and around the world…..(I’ve heard of events that have taken place on naval ships, and on the International Space Ship) …..as he said

I don’t feel that this is unfair. That’s the thing about cancer. I’m not the only one, it happens all the time to people. I’m not special. This just intensifies what I did. It gives it more meaning. It’ll inspire more people. I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try; dreams are made possible if you try

Bronze statue of Terry Fox at Mile Zero Memorial Site commemorating the beginning his Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980, in St. John’s, NL Canada. The life-size bronze statue of Terry was created by Canadian sculptor, Luben Boykov and installed on April 12, 2012. This image was taken on October 7, 2017..

42 years, $800 million raised…..and it continues on…

It took cancer to realize that being self-centered is not the way to live. The answer is to try and help others.

On Sunday I helped out at our small Terry Fox Run here in St Albert…..it was amazing, fun, and for all….there was no medals, it didn’t matter if you ran, walked, biked….it was a 5K loop, some went shorter…kids, grandparents, all, for one reason….it wasn’t about the run….something bigger than that.

I know a lot of my followers do not reside here in Canada, and may not know the story…but I just wish people would….

funny story….when the Winter Olympics took place in Vancouver, BC in 2010….at the opening ceremonies, a huge flag was brought out surrounded by a few dignitaries, singer Anne Murray, actor Donald Sutherland, skier Nancy Green, hockey Legend Bobby Orr along with Terry’s mom, Betty Fox. The NBC commentator mentioned it was so great to see Michael J Fox’ mom at the event. An honest mistake, maybe…….

POLY1001-OlympicFlagBearers.jpg: Left to right, Betty Fox, mother of the late cancer activist Terry Fox; Jacques Villeneuve, the only Canadian race car driver to win the Indianpolis 500 and Formula 1 world championship; four-time Grammy Award winning singer Anne Murray; National Hockey League legendary defenseman Bobby Orr; actor Donald Sutherland, winner of Golden Globe and Emmy awards for HBO’s “Path to War” and a Golden Globe for “Citizen X;” Barbara Ann Scott-King, a 1948 Olympic gold medalist in figure skating; Meritorious Service Cross recipient Romeo Dallaire, a Lieutenant General turned Senator who led the United Nations Observer Mission of 1993 in Uganda and Rwanda; and Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, who has logged more than 25 days in space, carry the Olympic Flag into BC Place stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs

So this is my attempt to share……and hopefully following this example, a selfless act….awareness is as important as the donations…..

I want to set an example that will never be forgotten.

Years ago I took part in a bike ride called the Ride to Conquer Cancer…our team name was ‘F Cancer’…..the fight continues, and I guess that’s why he called his run, the Marathon of Hope….

Like he said, anything is possible if you try

Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going.

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