“In 1980, after Terry was forced to stop his run near Thunder Bay, CTV’s Lloyd Robertson hosted a telethon and asked the nation to “do something spontaneous for Terry.” I was inspired by Terry, who wasn’t much younger than I was, and I knew all too well how horrific cancer can be. My father, Ben, had died of lung cancer in 1976 at the age of 43 – which seemed impossibly young. When I heard about Terry’s mission, I was inspired and compelled to act, so I gathered a friend and ten of my students from Port Cartier, Quebec to join a “Run for Terry”. I’ll be doing my 40th this year and haven’t missed one since 1980.
I recently decided to create a gift in my will for The Terry Fox Foundation, which wasn’t spontaneous act, but is incredibly meaningful to me. As a long-time volunteer, donor, and fundraiser for this organization, I know that research takes time and understand, as Terry did, that each step matters on the path to achieving a goal. The gift in my will is one of those steps and a tribute to the people I’ve lost to cancer and the patients I’ll never meet.”