by Cross Country Nova Scotia Staff, September 21, 2020
Provincial Ski Team athletes participated in the Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 20th, 2020, by roller skiing on the Chain of Lakes Trail in Halifax, while their head coach participated in Cape Breton. Athletes challenged their personal bests with the goal of rolling 42km, the distance Terry averaged daily for 143 days, in commemoration of the Canadian hero. Donations continue to be accepted, https://terryfox.org/.
Terry Fox inspired our nation during the Marathon of Hope in 1980, while raising funds and awareness for cancer research. Fox’s efforts resulted in a lasting world-wide legacy. In addition to inspiring a nation and raising funds, Fox changed attitudes towards the capabilities of para-athletes. Terry changed Canada.
Canada carries the imprint of the graceful young man with the awkward amputee’s gait. He became a part of us, part of our bedrock. He is in our geography, in awards that honour outstanding young Canadians, as a role model for athletes — especially the unsung grinders — and in cancer research funded as it had never seen before.THE STAR, 2010
On this 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, we remember the twenty-two year old athlete who encouraged people around the world do their best and overcome obstacles in the face of adversity. He led by example. He led with an inner confidence that accompanies living a life doing what you love the most. Remarkably, he was a young person capable of leading with incredible modesty and humility.
You don’t have to do like I did… wait until you lose a leg or get some awful disease, before you take the time to find out what kind of stuff you’re really made of.
Read Terry’s story and learn more about how you can support The Terry Fox Foundation, visit https://terryfox.org/.