Our PE Leadership class is once again organizing the annual TERRY FOX RUN at Richmond Secondary School. This school-wide tradition is an annual remembrance and celebration of Terry Fox, a genuine Canadian hero. Terry was an aspiring student-athlete and undergrad student at SFU when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) at the age of 18. He had his right leg amputated. Despite the significant and sudden change in his life plans, Terry choose to fight back. He decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the MARATHON OF HOPE. However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs. An entire nation was stunned and saddened. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22. The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning. To date, over $750 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.
We will have an alternate bell schedule on Thursday, September 28 and all students and staff are encouraged to walk or run and donate what they can. All proceeds will go to the Terry Fox Foundation to support cancer research. Find out more at: