“Anything’s possible if you try”Terry Fox
Simon Fraser University Campus was quiet today, but there was already a feeling of celebration. Spring convocation will be held in the coming days. The Simon Fraser University bagpipe band will lead the Class of 2022 procession to Convocation Mall, an open air auditorium.
I found myself standing at the statue of Terry Fox, which I have photographed many times over the years. Terry Fox has inspired many graduating classes with his words, “Anything’s possible if you try.”
The statue of Terry Fox is positioned where the procession of students, “capped and gowned”, will walk by on their way to Convocation Mall.
Eighteen-year-old Terry Fox of Port Coquitlam, was given a cancer diagnosis of osteogenic sarcoma just above the knee. His leg was amputated and he underwent 16 months of treatment.
Terry decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research in a Marathon of Hope to fund a cure for all cancers. His journey began on April 12, 1980 when he dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean. He ran close to 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day through Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. I remember the day, as do many Canadians, when we heard that Terry could no longer go on.
Terry died on June 28, 1981 at the age 22, but his legacy lives on. According to The Terry Fox Foundation website, over $850 million has been raised for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.
The annual Terry Fox Run has become a tradition in Canada with more than 650 communities involved in fundraising for cancer research.
This year the Terry Fox run will be held of September 18, 2022. For more information, I invite you to visit The Terry Fox Foundation website.