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Fort Macleod community invited to join Terry Fox Run

Fort Macleod residents have an opportunity Thursday, Sept. 25 to join Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.
Residents are invited to join students from F.P. Walshe school at 2:45 p.m. Thursday for the annual Terry Fox Run.
“We’re inviting the community to come out to walk or run,” teacher Susan Stacheruk said.
People who want to join the fund-raising effort but can’t make the run can drop donations at the school office.
The Terry Fox Run is not the only way F.P. Walshe school is raising money to aid the Canadian Cancer Society.
“We are also having teacher challenges again to encourage students to raise more money,” Stacheruk said.
The teacher challenges are based on the amount of money raised by students.
Last year, for example, principal Bill Forster agreed to have his legs waxed if students raised $1,000.
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.
After the operation Fox was put in the children’s cancer ward due to a bed shortage. When he saw children with cancer, Fox stopped feeling sorry for himself.
Doctors fitted Fox with an artificial leg and he had to learn how to walk.
Fox devised a plan to run across Canada 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.
He had filled two buckets with water from the Atlantic Ocean that he planned to dump into the Pacific at the end of his journey.
Fox covered 3,339 miles over 143 days before the cancer returned and forced him to end his run at Thunder Bay, Ont.
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.