Al and Peggy's Corner: Thousands Run Across Canada In Honour of Terry Fox

Thousands Run Across Canada In Honour of Terry Fox

Thousands Run Across Canada In Honour of Terry Fox

The 29th annual run in honour of Terry Fox who died from cancer at age 22.  The disease stopped his quest to run across Canada.  More years than he lived, his story of courage and hope remains in the heart of millions.

Terry lost his right leg to cancer at 18, began his Marathon of Hope in St. John's, running 42 kilometres a day through the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario. He was forced to stop the cross-country trek outside Thunder Bay in September 1980 after logging 5,373 kilometres when cancer spread to his lungs.  Terry died the following summer.

The Terry Fox Run was established that fall and has raised more than $400 million for cancer research in his name.

Runs were staged in more than 900 communities across Canada, including 230 in Ontario, and 28 other countries.

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We were in Orillia, Ontario this afternoon and witnessed hundreds and hundreds of people participating in the run. 

Terry Fox RunThere were a lot of people running, but others were riding their bicycles, rollerblading and good old walking.  Terry Fox Run

The young and old along with many of their dogs were having a great time working their way along the Orillia waterfront. 

It hasn't been announced yet, but millions of dollars will be raised today to go towards the ongoing fight of this deadly disease.

 

 

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Comment balloon 10 commentsAl & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers • September 13 2009 07:15PM

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A truly horrible disease and the gains in getting a cure are slow. Having a wife that's a 3 time survivor of the disease, it hits home.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 9 years ago

Oh Wow Ed! THREE time survivor!!! Good for her! Please give her our congratulations!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Al and Peggy, sounds like Terry was truly a courageous young man.  This is a horrible disease that hopefully a cure will be found for soon.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 9 years ago

Such a great inspiration, and gone far too soon. While some people might wonder if all of thie attention is promoted by the fact that he tried so hard and ended up not fulfilling his dream, I'm left to wonder what the world might be like now if he was still with us.

Posted by Bob Foster (Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Hi Al & Peggy, what a wonderful tribute to such a courageous young man. And a great legacy. That is some story. Really rather lifted my spirits to hear such a thing! 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

Terry Fox was a courageous young man.  I still remember all these years later his run across Canada until he had to unfortunately stop the run.

Posted by FN LN about 9 years ago

Welcome Home George, good to have you back, waiting to see your photos! Do they have a run like this down there?

Hey Bob! How is Belleville these days? For someone so young, he sure did have an impact.  You are right, we wonder......

Morning Andrea! What made my heart squeeze was that man running with a prosthetic leg, just like Terry and you should have seen how fast he was moving!

Marc, the day he passed away we were sitting in one of those shows in Wonderland (not the Ex LOL)when they announced it. He was so courageous. 

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Al & Peggy, I didn't know this story of Terry and am sorry to hear he passed.  I am also happy that so many are carrying his legacy forward.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 9 years ago

Carole, think Terry only tried to do a Canada wide run...he was very young but made a huge impact.

Have a great day! 

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Hi Al and Peggy, Good to hear about the ongoing tribute to Terry., My mother died at the young age of 52 with pancreatic cancer.  I hope one day a cure will be found.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) about 9 years ago

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