Terry Fox Run: A Canadian Tradition


Each September for the last 33 years, Canadians have run to remember one of our heroes: Terry Fox. Terry lost his leg to cancer and attempted something that seemed impossible: to raise money for cancer research by running across Canada on an artificial leg. He ran the equivalent of a marathon a day for 143 days before discovering the cancer had spread to his lungs. He died June 28, 1981 at the age of 22. Since the first run in 1981, Canadians have raised more than $600 million for cancer research.

The Terry Fox Run is the world’s largest one-day fundraiser against cancer and a major event for SMUS boarding students. Not only does it raise awareness, but our boarding students participate and have one of their first introductions to the wider Victoria community. It is also a tradition for many houseparents who have been doing the run for decades.

“I remember our student council meeting in my Grade 11 year ground to an abrupt halt at this time 30-some years ago when we learned Terry had to stop as his cancer had returned,” said Cam Culham, veteran houseparent and one of the organizers of the event. “I am glad his vision lives on and know that boarders will honour this and his unfailing determination.”

For more pictures from the event, make sure you take a look at the SMUS photo gallery.

If you would like more information about Terry Fox and his legacy, take a look at this film trailer.


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