Terry Ran a Marathon a Day on One Leg, You Can Wake Up Early on Sunday

terryfoxNext Sunday is the Terry Fox Run. I'll be at High Park for 9am, and that means my kids will be there.

My oldest son is 12 going on 17. When I wake him up on a weekend before noon, he deems it cruel and unusual punishment. You should have seen the look on his face when I told him we were going to be in High Park at 9am next Sunday.

I looked my sweet boy in the eyes, reminded him that Terry Fox ran a marathon a day on one leg, and told him he can get up at 8am next Sunday. He didn't complain again.

Thanks to all who have pledged my run thus far. If you can spare a dime or two, I am collecting pledges here.

Here's my soon-to-be teenager six years ago.

James


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Faunie

Mike: A very good friend of mine who has a son-in-law with Cerebral Palsy. He is going to walk 5k in the Terry Fox Run in Waterloo. He has been training for this event for about a year now. His family will each walk 1k with him. Needless to say, he has amazing spirit and is an inspiration to us all!

September 8, 2014 @ 12:56 PM

Lynne

I moved to Vancouver in late August 1980 to attend university, a postponed dream of mine after 8 years of marriage. Driving along outside Thunder Bay, we slowed way down to marvel at and cheer on this very courageous young man slowly making his way across Canada (just a day or two before he had to stop). I still get a lump in my throat thinking of it.

In 1981, I worked the summer months for the Director of the B.C. Cancer Control Agency (which corresponds to our Princess Margaret Hospital). Sadly, Canada's greatest hero died in the BCCCA on June 28, 1981. That was an emotional day for all of us, but particularly for those who worked so diligently to save him.

September 9, 2014 @ 12:46 PM

Broni

I remember Terry Fox so vividly, yet I think I was only about 8 years old at the time. While I now live in Toronto, I grew up in Port Coquitlam BC, which was also Terry Fox's hometown. Terry's parents went to the same church as us, and we lived a few blocks from the cemetary where his plot is. I recall the procession of cars heading to the cemetary after he passed away. My high school changed its name to Terry Fox Secondary, and it's great that there are so many nice homages to him, including the annual runs, in cities all across Canada.

September 14, 2014 @ 7:29 PM

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