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Fort Macleod schools stage Terry Fox Runs

W.A. Day school students Darian Armsworthy and Elizabeth Orr set out Friday on their Terry Fox Run.

Terry Fox was just 18 when he was diagnosed with the osteogenic sarcoma, or bone cancer, that led to his right leg being amputated in 1977 six inches above the knee.
While in hospital, Fox was so moved by the suffering of other cancer patients that he formulated his plan to run the Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research.
Fox spent 18 months training for the Marathon of Hope, covering more than 3,100 miles, while never letting on to his family what he had planned.
Fox started his Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980 at St. John’s, NFLD, and set out to run 26 miles a day across Canada.
Fox covered 3,339 miles over 143 days before the cancer returned and forced him to end his run at Thunder Bay, Ont.
“That’s the thing about cancer. I’m not the only one, it happens all the time to people,” Fox said in Thunder Bay. “I’m not special. This just intensifies what I did. It gives it more meaning. It’ll inspire more people. I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try. When I started this run, I said that if we all gave one dollar, we’d have $24-million for cancer research, and I don’t care, man, there’s no reason that isn’t possible. No reason.”

Grade 1 teacher Tannis Gunderson gets a hug from student Chennelle Drage during the Terry Fox Run.

Fox died June 28, 1981 at the age of 22.
Canadians and people around the world have since continued the Marathon of Hope, staging runs every September and raising more than $400-million for cancer research.
Students at W.A. Day school on Friday joined in the national Terry Fox School Run.
After an assembly in the gymnasium, during which they were shown a video about Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope, students burst from the school doors to continue the journey.
Accompanied by their teachers and other staff members, the students circled the block twice around W.A. Day school and G.R. Davis school.
They got some help negotiating traffic from Town of Fort Macleod community peace officer Werner Dressler and RCMP Const. Stephen Hynes, who arrived on motorcycle.
The Terry Fox Marathon of Hope continues in Fort Macleod at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 when F.P. Walshe school stages its run for students in Grade 7-12.
On Wednesday, Sept. 28 the Grade 4-6 students at G.R. Davis school will stage their own Terry Fox Run.
Anyone interested in making a donation to any of the Terry Fox Runs can do so at the school offices.