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My inspiration to fight my own battle

I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Terry Fox. But he was close to me throughout his run.

I was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma in the spring of ‘79, at the age of 7. I was in/out of the hospital during Terry’s run. I remember seeing him as a beacon of light for me. Uncertain how my own battle would unfold, it was awesome to see another person fighting as hard as Terry was.

I was hoping to be able to see Terry when he would pass through Winnipeg, health permitting. Sadly, it wasn’t possible.

Years later as an adult, I was employed as a long distance truck driver. Frequently when I passed through Thunder Bay, ON, I would stop at his memorial to pay my respects to him.

To this day, Terry is the definition of courage that I think of when times are difficult.

Kelvin Dyck

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