Most Canadians know the story of Terry Fox, one of Canada’s most well-known heroes. His support of cancer research, in the form of a coast-to-coast trek across Canada which began in April 1980, became known as the Marathon of Hope.
While Fox did not achieve his initial goal running across our entire country, he left behind a legacy far greater. For decades, people have participated in the Terry Fox run, which to date has raised nearly half a billion dollars for cancer research. In urging all Canadians to support the cause, Fox noted that “if you give a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope.”
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run, with the Greater Victoria event set for this Sunday, September 19. The run begins at Mile 0 down at Beacon Hill Park. Registration starts at 7am, with the run set to start at 9am. Many people from SMUS participate in the run and this year there is a SMUS boarding team. You can register to join them or make a donation online.
Steve Nash, another notable Canadian and a 1992 SMUS grad, remembers being profoundly influenced as a six-year old boy by Fox’s exploits. “I remember being a six-year-old boy and waking up every morning and rushing to the TV to see where Terry was that day,” Nash has said. “To see his face hiding the pain and to hear his words disguising the sacrifice was as motivating and as educational an experience as I’ve ever had.”
In conjunction with ESPN, also celebrating its 30th anniversary, Nash has recently completed a documentary on Terry Fox, as part of the national sports network “30 for 30” series. This documentary, called Into the Wind, played this week to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival and it will air this Sunday on TSN2 (channel 147) at 4 pm PST.