Every September thousands of people, in 60 different countries, take to the streets to run and to continue the dream of a single man. Who could have inspired such participation and what was his cause? The man was our very own Canadian, Terry Fox and the cause was to raise money for cancer research. It began when Terry Fox was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. His right leg was amputated six inches above the right knee. Always an athlete, once Terry recovered he resolved to run across Canada with the goal of collecting one dollar for every Canadian. Terry began his “Marathon of Hope” on April 12, 1980 as he dipped his artificial foot in the Atlantic Ocean. He hoped to dip the same foot in the Pacific at the end of his run. However, the grueling pace that Terry set for himself, through rain or shine, was cut short when doctors discovered that cancer had spread to his lungs.
Terry died one month before his 23rd birthday. The Marathon of Hope had collected $24.17 million, enough to have met his goal.
Terry’s heroic perseverance is honoured through numerous awards and research grants. Funds have continued to be raised for cancer research as more and more people join in the annual run that Terry began.
This year, on Thursday, September 26, Children of Integrity Montessori Academy joined millions of students across Canada for the Terry Fox National School Run Day.
We began in the gym where we did a short warm up before the run and discussed our “Right to Play” school wide theme for 2013-2014. Thank you to our Elementary students in leading us through our warm up!
Invalid Displayed Gallery