Terry Fox

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on September 26, 2008

If you don’t know who he is, go find out now.  Okay, ok, I’ll give you a little summary.  In his late teens he got bone cancer in his leg.  They had to amputate it.  He had previously been a big athlete, and he decided that with his prosthetic leg, he would run across Canada.  From the Atlantic, to the Pacific (and his home in Vancouver).  He trained for 18 months.  Then, he ran a marathon every day for 143 days.  It was called the Marathon of Hope.  He did it to raise money for cancer research.  Then, his goal became to raise one dollar for every Canadian.  However, his journey was cut short.  You see, he had developed lung cancer in both of his lungs, and he was dying.  Terry Fox was forced to stop his run just outside of Thunder Bay Ontario.  He died the following June (he stopped September 1st), at 22 years old.

So, Terry Fox is a very big part of us as Canadians.  Sometimes, it seems like we over do it, but what he did was amazing.  To date, he has raised over $400 Million dollars.  Yeah, Wow.

Anyways, all across the country, schools are participating in Terry Fox runs.  Both today and yesterday, kids all over the country ran or walked for Terry.  Oh, and we brought in money to support cancer research.
I know that this has nothing to do with food or celiac or my life, but it kind of does.  Terry overcame his illness, and did an unbelievable thing, which raised a ton of awareness and money for his cause.  Yes, he did die, but not before changing millions of lives.  Anything is possible, if we put our minds to it.
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Jacque April 14, 2010 at 9:58 am

I read about Terry in a “Runner’s World” magazine article. He was an amazing person, I agree… and worth blogging about. It’s nice to hear you all honor him each year.

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