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The Circle of Life

When Terry Fox ran across our country I was there in Ottawa. I was an 11 year old boy attending an Ottawa Rough Riders football game when Terry Fox came out to kick the ceremonial kick-off, the ball didn’t fly through the air or go very far, but it didn’t matter the Ottawa crowd cheered so loud you would have thought that Terry had just kicked the winning field goal in the Grey Cup. This story was just the beginning, as fate would have it I would be diagnosed with Cancer not once but twice. I have helped organize my school’s Terry Fox Runs for over 20 years and I can proudly say that I have helped raised (directly and indirectly) over $1,000,000 and counting. Fate also touched this story one last time, when the 25th anniversary came around I was asked to speak at a luncheon with a special guest, Bill Vigars who also happened to be with Terry in that memorable football stadium. Bill Vigars was the Ontario Cancer society’s representative as Terry ran through the province. Amazing how the story came full circle from a simple football game attended by a normal 11 year old boy to 25 years later promoting the Run as a two time Cancer survivor. God Bless !

Alain Dube

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