On the Run A story about terry fox's fight with cancer

Terry Fox is a very serious child but above seriousness he is determined to do what he started. He loves to stack wooden blocks at home, in his sky blue room. And even though they keep tumbling down, he keeps stacking them with no feeling of sadness, or wanting to give up. Tolerance is also a strength. He can amuse himself for hours, because not many kids his age have that much patience.

Year later, he arrived to the hospital. Terry is frightened beyond belief, he’s getting his leg amputated after all. His coach came up to him, and handed him some kind of magazine. He opens it and immediately sees what was inside: an amputee runner. And that night, he dreams of running a marathon.

Racing down the halls of the white covered clinic he sees faces some smiling but some that lost that smile because of loss of hope. “Somewhere the hurting must stop… and I was determined to take myself to the limit for this cause.” He just can't ignore this.

Not long after, Terry started writing a letter in his peaceful house. A letter of plead to the Canadian Cancer Society, “We need your help. The people in cancer clinics all over the world need people who believe in miracles.” He needs their help because although he may have been set free of his curse, many other people weren’t. And he has to do something to help. “I believe in miracles, I have to.”

Further along, he starts his training. He had trained for 16 painful weeks for this, and ran over five thousand kilometers. After 18 miles into the marathon of beautiful Canada, he now has rough pain in his chest and is coughing, his primal cancer has spread to his lungs.

After stopping, the coughing has stopped, but the painful throbbing in his chest had not. After passing a wave of cheering people, he decides to get into his friend Doug’s van and gets driven to the hospital.

From that day forward, people remembered the marathon of hope as the Terry Fox run. 22 million dollars were raised in his name, for his name. “When I started this run, I said that if we all gave one dollar, we’d have $22 million for cancer research, and I don’t care man, there’s no reason that isn’t possible. No reason!”

Author’s Note:

When I first learned about Terry Fox and what he did, it really touched me because I had a friend who had cancer. And cancer really is widespread, and infects many people around the world. But because of what this brave man did, every year people run the Terry Fox run, and raise money for cancer research. And over 650 million dollars have been raised since.




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