Terry Fox serves as role model as boys prepare for Cross-Country Run
On the Monday before the boys set out on the annual Cross-Country Run, they were inspired to do their best as both athletes and humanitarians.
Middle and Upper School students gathered for a morning assembly in Ketchum Auditorium where they heard from guest speaker, Ibby Chowdhury, from the Terry Fox Foundation. St. Andrew’s has hosted a Terry Fox Run for 11 years and donated more than $41,000 in support of cancer research.
Ibby reminded the boys that in 1977, Terry discovered he had a malignant tumour in his right leg. His leg was amputated 15 centimeters above his knee. He was just 18 years old. Less than two years later, in February 1979, he began training for his Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research and awareness. After dipping his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean, he set out from Newfoundland in April 1980. However, 143 days into the marathon, near Thunder Bay, Ontario, he stopped running. The cancer had spread to his lungs. Terry died in June 1981, but not before his hope of raising $1 from every Canadian was realized.
The first Terry Fox Run was held in September the year he died, raising $3.5 million. In the years since, more than $740 million has been raised to support cancer research in Terry’s name.
St. Andrew’s students have been adding to this total for 11 years. This year’s goal is to raise $1,500 and the boys have been collecting donations in advance of Thursday’s run.
Ibby told the boys it’s not about coming in first, but more about the journey. “Take it one step at a time, just like Terry.”