On Wednesday September 24th, Craig Kielburger Secondary School partook in our annual Terry Fox run. The dedicated students and teachers of CKSS walked or ran an impressive three kilometres around the streets of Milton to raise awareness of cancer research and to remember the amazing event of Terry Fox and the struggles that he faced.In 1977, a young Canadian was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and had his right leg amputated above the knee. This individual was Terry Fox. While in the hospital for cancer treatment, Terry was shocked by the amount of suffering that the other cancer patients had to go through. With this in mind, he decided to raise money for cancer research by running across Canada in his “Marathon of Hope.” His journey began on April 12th 1980 and continued on till September 1st 1980, running an impressive 5373 kilometres. Terry Fox tragically passed away on June 28th 1981, at the age of 22. His legacy, however, still lives on. Schools all over Canada run to continue the funding for cancer research that Terry Fox started over 34 years ago. The total amount of money that has been raised up to date is an extraordinary $650 million.
The beautiful fall day encouraged the Spartans to show their support for what they believe in. “Terry Fox is such an inspiration and I was proud to run in support of all those who are suffering from cancer.” Aneel Jagdeo, a grade 12 student, said when asked how he felt about the day. Some of the students, like Aaron Moon, even thought that we could run a further distance to show further support for cancer research and to spread a bigger message to the residents of Milton about how important cancer research is.
In the words of CKSS’ own Mr. Crowe, “It was a great day to support a great cause.”