Thanks for the timely reminder, Frenchie. Yes, what a courageous and inspirational young man. I remember how heartbreaking it was when he gave his press conference and announced he had been stricken again and had to give up the Marathon of Hope. However, the people of Canada took up where Terry left off and fund-raising walks were quickly arranged all over the country to continue the cause. I participated in one in Toronto which was a 25km walk starting at the Humber River and proceeding along Lakeshore Blvd. and up the Don Valley Parkway and back again (those extremely busy streets were actually closed for the day, yet nobody seemed to mind). Literally thousands participated - young, old, on foot, in wheelchairs, with dogs, children (I pushed my infant in her carriage and we got our picture in the paper shown beside a Metro Zoo employee walking a lion cub). So much money and awareness was raised and it was all due to that very special and unselfish young man.
It still brings a tear to my eye when I look at his picture and see his unruly curls, smattering of freckles and crooked smile - such a sweetiepie. I'm so glad a Canadian coin bearing his likeness has been minted and once I find one it'll be put in a place of honour in my collection.
Here's a link to the Terry Fox foundation site. I urge anyone who loves or cares about someone who has had cancer and everyone who's interested in finding a cure to visit and make a contribution.