Terry Fox Run

Grade 7 students at RJHS participate in the Terry Fox Run on September 24, 2019.

Grade 7 students at RJHS participate in the Terry Fox Run on September 24, 2019.

The Terry Fox Run is held every September in memory of a young man who believed one person could make a difference.

When Winnipeg-born Terry Fox was 18 years old he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977. While recovering in the hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, young children in particular, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. His journey would be called the Marathon of Hope. He ran close to 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day through Canada’s Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario. Sadly, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981, at the age of 22.

Although Terry’s life was cut short, his legacy has continued,  and the first Terry Fox Run was held in the September following his death saw more than 300,000 people walked or ran or cycled in his memory and raised $3.5 million for cancer research. To date, over $750 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.

In Westwind, we recognize and carry on Terry’s legacy as our schools participate in the Terry Fox run annually to raise awareness and donations for cancer research. Thank you to everyone who has supported this great cause this year!