Ahead of the official launch of our annual Terry Fox School Run Event and Fundraiser, we are excited to announce a special visit from Tessa Smith, a Terry Fox Foundation spokesperson for all of our students in grades 4 through 8.
Tessa was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma (eye cancer) at the age of three and a half months old, and later at 13 years old, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) –the very same cancer Terry Fox had. Tessa’s treatments involved both the removal of one eye and the partial amputation of one leg.
Through the lengthy surgeries and treatments her conditions necessitated, Tessa drew on Terry’s courage and strength, recognizing that his fundraising efforts led to treatments that helped her in ways Terry himself never benefited from. Now, healthy at 18, she works in continued support of the Terry Fox Foundation, and the fundraising that will support an end to cancer in our lifetime. A video about Tessa can be viewed here.
She will be visiting our school on Thursday, September 14 2017 at 9:15 a.m. Community members wishing to hear Tessa’s story are welcome to join us at the school. Simply sign in at the office and proceed to the gymnasium.
We look forward to working together to raise funds for this most worthy cause.