On September 1st 1980, Terry Fox was forced to abandon his run across Canada in Thunder Bay Ontario, when the cancer that had taken his leg returned, spreading to his lungs. Refusing to be defeated, his charged Canadians with continuing his quest. “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going.”
While it seemed that Terry Fox’s dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was in jeopardy, the nation responded. The CTV network organized a telethon in support of Terry’s cause and helped raise over ten million dollars. By February of 1981 the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund eclipsed twenty four million dollars, the (then) national population. Less than five months later, Terry would lose his battle to cancer. He was 22 years old.
Though thirty-six years have passed since the original Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox is honoured and recognized across Canada and internationally for his heroic quest to eradicate cancer and his trailblazing attitudes toward disability. With over $600 million dollars raised in Terry’s name to date, schools across Canada honour him by participating in an annual school event. This year, the National School Run will be held on Thursday, September 29 2016. The school will participate in our Terry Fox Run and Walk, with primary students (K-3) running and walking around our school tarmac and field, junior students (4-6) will be running and walking a longer route around the larger school property, and intermediate students (7-8) will be running and walking an extended route in the community.
Over our history, Bakersfield Public School has raised over to $10,000 through its participation in this yearly event, and we’re hoping to raise $1,000 this year. Please help our fundraising efforts by sending a toonie with your child by September 29th. Toonies can be dropped off in our collection box in the office at any time. If each student brings a ‘Toonie for Terry’, we’ll exceed our goal, and contribute in an important way to the ongoing effort to eradicate cancer in our lifetime. We thank you for your support.