The Marathon of Hope
Terry trained for days preparing for a race to test his strength. The race was 17 miles long (27 kilometers) and he was against professional athletes. His friend, Doug and brother Darrell also entered with him. Although Terry was in last, he was only 10 minutes behind the next two legged athlete. Impressive for someone like him. He decided to finally set a start date for his marathon, April 1980. When he told his parents about his idea to raise money for Cancer research, his mom was concerned but his dad seemed to go with the idea. Terry’s plan was to run across Canada to raise money to find a cure for Cancer. A long way on foot. He decided he needed to get noticed so he gathered sponsors such as the Canadian Cancer society, War amputations of Canada, the ford motor company, Adidas etc. He was finally prepared to start. With over 5,000 km done well training, he dipped his leg in the Atlantic Ocean near St. Johns Newfoundland on the 12th of April 1980. This marked the start of his run. His friend Doug and brother Darrell drove a van besides him as he ran roughly a marathon a day. The run started off pretty bad. He raised almost no money and only a couple organizations donated. It was the same on Prince Edward Island and in New Brunswick. The run had not even been publicized in Québec and thing received even less money there. It seemed as though he was just a random guy exercising. On a couple occasions he was even almost hit by cars or trucks! Things were looking bleak. Thankfully the Canadian cancer society and other sponsors came to their aid and soon everyone knew about the marathon of hope! He now had police escorts, events, and was gaining more donations than ever. He was even greeted by the prime minister at the time, hockey legends Bobby Orr and Darryl Sittler. However this dream was not to last. He was forced to stop just outside Thunder Bay and was rushed to a hospital, the cancer had returned and invaded his lungs. He died less than a year later. His legacy still lives on as every year most schools still run to raise money for cancer research and try to finish what he started.