Wednesday, February 11, 2009

National Hero

I was working on another post and starting thinking about Terry Fox.
In 2004, CBC launced a competition called The Greatest Canadian. After all was said and done, Tommy Douglas, who is called the father of Medicare, came out on top. As the premier of Saskatchewan, he was instrumental in founding Canada's universal health care system. Just a side note, Tommy Douglas has a famous grandson - Kiefer Sutherland.
#2 on the list is Terry Fox, who is COMPLETELY DESERVING of the honour. Don't know who he is? Watch this -


I was in high school at the time and I remember, every night Terry was on the news. We'd all get an update as to where he was and anything that had happened during his run that day. My high school yearbook even has a picture of some of the members of the FHS track team running with Terry as he passed through Frederiction. He really was an inspiration.
The Terry Fox Run is held every year, most places in September, which is the month that Terry was forced to stop his run. I know it's way early, but please consider signing up & participating in your area. You don't have to run, you can walk. 87 cents of every dollar goes to cancer research; a very minimal amount is spent on administrative costs. Runs take place worldwide, so check the website. If there isn't one in your area, think about starting one. Cancer touches everyone.

1 comment:

Robin from Ok said...

What a remarkable story and inspirational young man Terry Fox was. Thanks for sharing this.