History recalls that 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, he charged Canadians with continuing his quest. “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going.” Less than five months later, Terry would lose his battle to cancer. He was 22 years old.
This year our school was visited by Tessa Smith, a Terry Fox Foundation ambassador, who is continuing Terry’s Dream. 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. 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’s story can be viewed at here.
With over $700 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 28, 2017. 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 well over to $10,000 through its participation in this yearly event, and we’re hoping to raise $2,000 this year. Please help our fundraising efforts by sending loonies and toonies with your child by September 28th. ‘Change for Terry’ can be dropped off in our collection box in the office at any time. Schools contribute in an important way to the ongoing effort to eradicate cancer in our lifetime. We thank you for your support.