It’s been forty years since Terry Fox set out on his ambitious attempt to run across Canada in an effort to raise money for cancer research. It’s been forty years since Terry set the goal of raising $1 for every Canadian. It’s been forty years since Terry Fox was forced to abandon his run in Thunder Bay Ontario, when the cancer that had taken his leg returned, spreading to his lungs. And it’s been forty years since Terry Fox passed the torch on to us. “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going.”
As history would have it, Terry was able to see his wish fulfilled. The CTV network organized a telethon in support of Terry’s cause and the nation responded. By February of 1981 the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund eclipsed twenty-four million dollars, the (then) national population. Less than five months later, Terry would lose his battle to cancer. He was 22 years old.
Though forty years have passed since the original Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox is honoured and recognized across Canada and internationally for his heroic quest to eradicate cancer and his trailblazing attitudes toward disability. With over three-quarters of a billion dollars raised in Terry’s name to date, schools across Canada honour him by participating in an annual school event. This year, the National School Run will be held on Wednesday, September 30th 2020.
Bayview Glen Public School has participated in this annual event for twenty-three years and the school has raised an incredible amount for the cause–over $50,000. While our event will look different this year, and classes will go out individually to walk or run on the tarmac and field, our resolve remains unchanged. Similarly, the school will not be collecting donations directly. We’d ask that anyone wishing to contribute to this most worthwhile cause, to please make an online donation in the name of the school directly to the Terry Fox Foundation at http://www.terryfox.ca/BayviewGlenPSThornhill.
With your donation, our school will continue to contribute in an important way to the ongoing effort to eradicate cancer in our lifetime.