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Friday, May 06, 2005

6:58 AM - For Silver and Phoenix

Check out the website of Terry fox. For a bit of inspiration and to feel just a little smaller. He is a Canadian Hero and was recently voted #2 in the Greatest Canadians poll (it takes a while to catch up to what you've been doing back in the old country). On losing the lower part of one leg to bone cancer he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. You have to read the site for the rest of the story.

Just for info, the top man was Tommy Douglas, the politician who made healthcare in Canada public (making the country forever distinct from the US). Not surprising when at 10 years old his parents were told that they'd have to cut his leg off if they couldn't find the money for the surgery he needed to prevent a bone infection in his knee spreading to the rest of his body. Thankfully a specialist offered to do the surgery for free if his students could sit in.


Anonymous Phoenix said...

Mmmmmm. Feeling very small now. Makes my 'pains' very trivial, and reminds me that I really should sign up for our Race for Life (5km, I think).

Will have to get out running again. How could he do marathon after marathon, day after day? Increible!

On a completely irrelevant note, my husband is coming back from canada tonight/tomorrow morning. He's been just outside Ottawa for the last week.  


Blogger Andrea said...

Poor love, BC is better. WWE & hubby lived in Toronto so I don't think we'll ever go back to Ontario again after the first time. Passed through Ottowa as fast as possible in a 1983 Landy in November  


Anonymous Silver Lining said...

People are incredible, aren't they? You find hidden reserves of strength when you're thrown back on your own resources. I watched something on tele the other day about a woman here who was diagnosed with breast cancer which had metastasized (sp?) and she was given 6 months. She started running to do the Race for Life, and has now lived 4 years, run god knows how many marathons, and did an Iron Man last year, with cancer in her hips and spine.

Wish I could remember her name... I'm so deeply crap, LOL  


Anonymous Phoenix said...

Husband, (now back from canada) has just shown me a map with Terry fox drive on it. Apparently he went up and down that road many times. (Trivia again - sorry - just strange the timing of these things)  


Blogger Andrea said...

Probably lots of towns here that have Terry Fox Roads. More in the east. I feel sorry that he didn't make it back to BC to run through the Rockies.  


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