It is inspiring to see people are still coming out every year in waves to keep Terry Fox’s dream alive. From cancer survivors to friends or family members, who have known someone who was diagnosed, people were once again willing to help fund raise for cancer research.
People like Uxbridge’s Jeff Fahrer, who has been involved with the Terry Fox Run since he was 10 years old, and has collected over $2,000 this year. He is just one of the many fundraisers willing to make a difference. When The Standard spoke to Port Perry run organizer Elizabeth McArthur, last week, she mentioned there are volunteers involved who have been working every run since it came to Port Perry in 1993. That dedication is truly special. Before this year’s numbers came in, the Port Perry run had already raised over $1 million since its inception and the Lindsay run had raised over $425,000 without this year’s numbers.
This time of year, it was also great to hear inspirational survivor stories. As many have likely read in this week’s edition, Terry Fox Run poster girl, Tessa Smith, recently regaled R.H. Cornish Public School students with an inspirational and entertaining talk.
Cancer can be beaten. People only have to look at the examples, such as Ms. Smith or young Scugog resident Olivia Worr, to know that. Not only that, but Terry Fox’s story itself should be enough to prove one person can make a difference in this world.
The research is truly helping. We now know so much more about the terrible disease, that has in some way or form touched everyone’s lives, now than when Terry started his run. There are so many new treatments available, that could not have been created without the research.
This is what a community is all about, people coming together to make a difference, and this weekend, the whole country seemed like one big community.
Terry, your dream is still alive, and will continue to be for years to come.