Every year on September 30 th , all students and staff of Semiahmoo Secondary participate in the Terry Fox Run.
Students have entered the gym, waiting for the annual Terry Fox assembly to begin .
The assembly is led by the Student Leadership Team. The presentation describes the hardship that Terry Fox went through, and his contributions towards cancer research.
After the presentation ended, students are now prepared and motivated to participate in the Terry Fox Run in order continue Terry’s Marathon of Hope.
And now officially begins the school wide Terry Fox Run.
Terry Fox was born on July 28 th , 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As an enthusiastic athlete, he loved many sports such as basketball. However, he was eventually diagnosed with osteosarcoma -- a cancer that starts in the knee – which led to the amputation of his right leg.
Terry spent his time in the BC Cancer Control Agency facility, where he went through 16 months of chemotherapy. Watching many fellow cancer patients suffer and die from the disease, Terry decided to raise money for cancer research in order help others find hope and courage.
The Marathon of Hope, which was Terry’s plan to raise money for cancer research, started on April 12, 1980 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where Terry began his run.
Terry met and endured many harsh weather conditions throughout his journey. However, what cut his dream short was the return of cancer, which had spread to his lungs.
Terry temporarily stopped his run near Thunder Bay, Ontario in order to be driven to a hospital. It was there where he realized that he was forced to end his run after 143 days.
Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 due to the constantly spreading cancer; his funeral was broadcasted on national television. In the end, Terry had raised $1.7 million.
This path marks the end of the school’s Terry Fox Run, which is a total distance of 2 km.
A special thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible!
And of course, thanks to all the students and staff who participated in the run!
“ I'm not a dreamer, and I'm not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to.” - Terry Fox