Last Friday, Thing 2 participated in her school’s Terry Fox Walk. I wrote my usual lunch note for her, but I included one of my very favourite Terry Fox quotes.
“It took cancer to realize that being self-centered is not the way to live. The answer is to try and help others.” ~ Terry Fox
She didn’t know what I wrote until she saw the note at lunch.
Before we headed down for the bus she ran to her room and came out with a handful of coins from her piggy bank.
Oh my heart! The little hand with all her little quarters and nickels and dimes.
We must be doing something right.
Oh sure, there’s that, but this kid… she’s something else. All on her own.
I helped her put her donation in her back pack and explained why I choose each year to add $1 per person in our family.
“When I started this run, I said that if we all gave one dollar, we’d have $22 million for cancer research, and I don’t care man, there’s no reason that isn’t possible. No reason!” ~ Terry Fox
It’s what Terry wanted.
I couldn’t stop tearing up on Friday. Maybe it’s because Terry Fox was a kid.. or maybe it’s that I remember him from when I was a kid.. but I just kept thinking about how his family – and country and the world at large carried on his Marathon of Hope just as he wished. What a beautiful tribute to his life!
“If you’ve given a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope .”
I love that his legacy lives on through so many children who take part in these events year after year.
“Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going without me.”
Don’t worry, Terry, it has gone on without you. It goes on and on and on.
Every year in 25 countries all over the world.
To date The Terry Fox Foundation has raised $650 million* to support cancer research in Terry’s name.
Not bad for some Canadian kid, eh?
Do you participate in the Terry Fox Run? Do your children take part at school? Do you have memories of Terry Fox?
Please share in the comments. I’d love to hear what you have to say.
*Of course you can always donate directly, anytime of the year here.