This past Tuesday on a beautiful sunny afternoon, the Upper School participated in Mulgrave’s annual Terry Fox Run. Decked out in house shirts and suited up with various colorful props, students and teachers alike exemplified true house spirit. In the cheer competition all houses performed with enthusiasm; however, Churchill took home first place with a well-coordinated cheer. During the run, participants ran from popsicle stick station to popsicle stick station to collect house points but most importantly to commemorate Terry Fox. After the run, the Upper School participated in the Tug of War. This event is always competitive and almost always a close call. House points totals have not been announced but it was a great day to run and significant for the entire community.
For many Canadians, Terry Fox represents strength, resilience, and possibly most importantly, hope. However, this begs the question, who exactly was Terry Fox and why do we continue to run today?
Terry Fox, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba actually grew up in our neighboring community of Port Coquitlam, BC. Fox had an active childhood until he was diagnosed with bone cancer at age 18. As a consequence of his diagnosis, in 1977 Terry Fox had his leg amputated 17 centimeters above the knee. Despite the loss of his leg, Terry Fox was inspired to start the Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980, after his time in hospital with other cancer patients; many young children. Terry Fox’ goal was that through the Marathon of Hope he would run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Unfortunately, Terry Fox’ run was cut short November that same year, due to the presence of cancer in Fox’ lungs. On June 23, 1981, Terry Fox passed away. His dream, however, was not cut short by the slightest. The Marathon of Hope lives on through the many Terry Fox Runs held across Canada and the world.
“Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. Its got to keep going.” – Terry Fox
Terry Fox leaves behind an impressive legacy for not only the cancer community but Canadians and citizens of the world alike. We continue to participate in the Terry Fox Run to raise funds for continued cancer research and to celebrate one young man’s dream to make the world a better place.
The Gazette sat down with Ms. Brooks who played a key role in organizing the event at Mulgrave. “I think that Terry Fox’ legacy is…his story about how one ordinary person has the power to impact millions” Brooks commented in the interview. When asked about the significance of the participation of the Mulgrave Community in the annual tradition, “I think that the important part is that we all come together for a similar reason and that’s to create community and to realize that each us of does have the power to make some kind of impact whether on one person’s life or all of Canada or all of the world.”