Author Topic: Marathon of Hope continues--we're going to beat it  (Read 1428 times)

Offline tsquared

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Marathon of Hope continues--we're going to beat it
« on: September 17, 2005, 02:31:21 pm »
Took my x country running team (9 and 10 year olds)to a Terry Fox run close to Mile Zero of the Trans Canada highway here in Victoria yesterday. There were 3000 kids out running here and 3 million across the country from 10,000 schools all out running or walking to raise money for cancer research. I think the best part for me was teaching these kids about what being a true hero is all about while training with them for the past few weeks. For those of you who are not familiar with Terry Fox, he lost a leg to cancer at age 18 and began a cross country run in 1980 to try and raise $1 million dollars for cancer research. He ran a marathon every day for 143 days on one leg until he had to quit when cancer returned to his body. He died shortly after without completing his run. To date, world wide, people have raised $360 million dollars for cancer research in his memory. I think what strikes me so hard right now is the tv clips of him running down that lonesome highway with that lippety hop gait with his buddy in a van and a police escort. Everybody runs their own road when they have to deal with cancer but he chose a road that still inspires today.