Thanks for all your inspiration Terry I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer last year at the age of 48. After the shock wore off I started my journey head on. I had a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. While recovering I did a lot of research about diet, Naturopathetic medicine etc. I was having a hard time trying to understand why I should undergo Chemo therapy and poison my body if the cancer was gone. This was a very hard decision for me to make. After a second opinion and being told if my cancer came back I'd be dead in a year I started 6 months (16 rounds) of Chemo. I have supported and done every Terry Fox Run ! Knowing that medicine has come a long way since Terry's fight I just kept up my positive attitude just like he did. I am happy to say that I am now done my treatment and cancer free. I of course have a lot of follow up appointments and tests for the next 5 years but I'm here ! So thanks for all your inspiration Terry. You have and will continue to help so many people! Sandy Carrie Support Sandra's efforts
I have lived to see and enjoy three wonderful grandchildren This year is I am celebrating a major milestone in my life. When I was in my early 20s I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In the exploratory operation one ovary was removed and I was referred to a cancer specialist at Toronto General Hospital who was running an experimental clinic.I was so afraid that I would not live to see my own 2 yr. old grow up.The preparatory tests at Princess Margaret Hospital were an eye-opener for me. For the first time I saw that the face of cancer revealed in every age, gender, race, and social class. The fear and suffering were universal. To see the children was especially heart-breaking. . Since my second surgery in the Spring of 1977, I have survived 40 years cancer-free! I always felt that somehow I had to repay this unexpected gift, so I went back to school, became a teacher, and dedicated 25 years to teaching young people. And not only did I see my son grow up to become the fine man that he is today, but I have lived to see and enjoy three wonderful grandchildren who are already learning about Terry Fox. Teri Normoyle Help Teri raise money for cancer research
I Believe in Dreams Too. We lived in Thunder Bay when Terry stopped his Marathon of Hope and became involved in the local run as soon as it began. Four years later, I faced a cancer diagnosis, and once treatment was over Terry Fox events took on a new importance. I organized our school runs in Thunder Bay and in Sarnia until I retired, then joined the local community committee and have been totally involved ever since. This completes 14! Terry Fox foundation does so much good work and as long as I am able, I plan to help. Jo Kulik
I am a proud member of Terry's Team. I was diagnosed with "APL" in 2009. I was told if I had this 20 years ago my outlook would be dim. The work done by all the doctors and researchers have helped me recover with flying colours. The money raised through organizations like the Terry Fox Foundation is what is helping people with cancer today. I have run the Terry Fox Run since 1996 but running it now has more meaning to me and my family. I am truly grateful to the organizers and volunteers who make this a very special run. I will be thanking them to no end when I am out there this year. Thank-you to all the people who work for the Terry Fox Foundation. You are second to none. I am a proud member of Terry's Team. David Hutton
"I was back running 5km ... 3 times per week" I was diagnosed at the end of April 2016. When talking with Dr Bedard (Head of Thoracic @ The Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton) he stated that if we went with the chemo, radiation, and the surgery that we could be looking at a cure, not just remission. We jumped at it and did our chemo and radiation in July @ the Cross Cancer Institute and then followed with the surgery in Sep.(removed 9 inches of the esophagus and the top portion of the stomach). I was back running 5km ... 3 times per week on Jan 1, 2017. I lost about 40 lbs initially (195 to 155) but have gained back about 15 lbs and feel great. My plan is to run on Sep 17, 2017 Terry Fox Run in Grande Prairie. David Trydal Sponsor me!
...here I am 1 year later in remission. I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma in May of 2016 after 9 months of tests. I did 12 rounds of bi- weekly chemo and here I am 1 year later in remission. I participate every year in the walk on behalf of my mother and this year I want to proudly wear a Red shirt. Deanna Synard Sponsor me!
Josh's Journey This is Josh's story, as told by his Mom. Josh turned 15 in January, 2009. He was a typical teen, in his first year of secondary school, socially active, decent student and a competitive swimmer. In that April he started to experience headaches, which everyone thought were migraines due to family history. By May, his vision was starting to get blurry. I took him to our optometrist and he discovered severe pressure behind Josh's eyes and some hemorrhaging. First thing the next morning we were a London hospital being told that Josh had a mass in his brain. That night he underwent his first surgery to relieve the pressure that had built up. Resection surgery followed, where it was determined that Josh had a malignant immature teratoma of the pineal region of his brain. He started a chemotherapy protocol which instead of shrinking the remainder of the tumour, it caused it to grow. On the day he should have begun grade 10 he was once again undergoing surgery to resect the tumour. The doctors could only remove about half during that surgery and two days later Josh again endured another long surgery. This time he suffered massive brain swelling and ended up with a set of complications common to pediatric brain tumour patients, Posterior Fossa Syndrome. He was then sent for several weeks of both whole brain and targeted radiation therapy. Josh returned home November 23/09. He was mute, had no control of voluntary functions, was on a feeding tube, could not sit or stand and now suffered from a seizure disorder. That was 8 years ago. Neither Josh, his family or his friends gave up. As his brain healed he worked very hard to regain all that he had lost. He has had [...]