On September 1st 1980, Terry Fox was forced to abandon his run across Canada in Thunder Bay Ontario, when the cancer that had taken his leg returned, spreading to his lungs. Refusing to be defeated, he charged Canadians with continuing his quest. “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going.”
While it seemed that Terry Fox’s dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was in jeopardy, the nation responded. The CTV network organized a telethon in support of Terry’s cause and helped raise over ten million dollars. 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-one 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 29 2021.
Over Bayview Glen Public School’s twenty-four years of participating in the annual event, the school has raised an incredible amount–over $50,000–and we’re hoping to continue this year. Please help our fundraising efforts by sending a contribution with your child by September 27th. Donations can be dropped off in our collection box in the office by students. As each student brings in donations for Terry, we will continue to contribute in an important way to the ongoing effort to eradicate cancer in our lifetime. Donations in the name of the school can also be made online, directly to the Terry Fox Foundation at http://www.terryfox.ca/BayviewGlenPSThornhill.
Conquering cancer is a challenging but especially worthwhile goal. This year, we will work together and #tryliketerry. We thank you for your support.