the terry fox run

Terry Fox was a 21 year old one leg cancer patient, who ran 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles) across Canada in just 143 days, before dying to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$650 million has been raised in his name. (Source)

Today was Orange Shirt Day in Canada - a day set apart to honour the survivors of Residential schools and in memory of those who did not survive. 
This is not something that existed when I was a child, and it was incredibly inspiring to pick the kids I work with up from school today and see them clad in their orange. I decided to ask a few of them if they could explain to me exactly what Orange Shirt Day was.
The best explanation came from a First Grader. He told me,

“There used to be these schools that were full of sad, not like our happy schools with nice people and love there. There was a little boy who got taken away from his mommy to go to the sad school, and he wasn’t allowed to wear his orange shirt, he could only wear brown. Now we wear orange shirts to remember him and all the other kids at the school because they weren’t allowed to stop being sad, and we don’t want that to happen ever again.”

This gives me so much hope for our country. Let these children do better than we have done. Love better than we have loved. 

**I should also note that he followed this up with “and then the OTHER kid lost his WHOLE LEG.” Because today was also the Terry Fox Run, and that’s a lot of information to give one 6 year old.   

The Signs as Canadian Things
  • Aries: Cash Cab, Bob & Doug, garburators, basketball
  • Taurus: Ogopogo, Nanaimo bars, Jolly Jumpers, Canadian Tire Money
  • Gemini: The Terry Fox Run, Colo(u)r, The Dionne Quintuplets, bagged milk
  • Cancer: The Tim Horton's Double Double Visa, Peggy's Cove, Corner Gas, Hinterland Who's Who
  • Leo: The Calgary Stampede, Michael J Fox, toonies, Much Music
  • Virgo: ketchup chips, separatism, Ryan Gosling, eves-troughs
  • Libra: The Robertson screwdriver, John A MacDonald, Angela Anaconda, lacrosse
  • Scorpio: Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, toques, Banff, Bonhomme du Neige
  • Sagittarius: Degrassi, Stephen Harper, The Klondike Gold Rush, not having pennies
  • Capricorn: Maclean's, Jim Treliving, Heritage Minutes, freezies
  • Aquarius: McIntosh toffee bars, Drake, Molson, The Bay
  • Pisces: Boston Pizza, Holmes on Homes, Timbits, The Roughriders

Elyse ‘Wildflower’ Willems

Shoutout to @gunshowwillems for reading this over and doin some editing

 She no longer uses her surname, no one who knows her now knows what it is. The name long and forgotten along with the family she left behind.

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April 12 1980, Terry Fox began his “Marathon of Hope” in St Johns Newfoundland. 

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977.

While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He would call his journey the Marathon of Hope.

After 18 months and running over 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles) to prepare, Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little fanfare. Although it was difficult to garner attention in the beginning, enthusiasm soon grew, and the money collected along his route began to mount. He ran close to 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day through Canada’s Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario. 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 $650 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.