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Small Town Kids Run for Research!
by The Leclerc Family in Inglis, posted on 12:00 PM, September 17, 2014
I was encouraged by a friend of mine to write my story, so here goes. Thinking back to high school I do not remember much about the Terry Fox Run. My children however, since Kindergarten, know his story and watch the movie about his life every year.
My story really starts here: My mother developed GIST cancer in 2002 (which was very rare at the time as only 3 other people in Canada had it) and was told to "get her affairs in order". Once getting over the shock my sister dove into researching this cancer and found a trial drug in the States. To make a long story well, shorter...we had an extra 6 years with my Mom had it not been for Cancer Research. My children thankfully, Noah (13) and Cassandra (11) remember their Bunica (Grandma in Romanian) and how she read to them in bed when she was too sick to get up. Through videos and pictures, all of her grandchildren get to "know" who their Bunica was and the memory of her will carry on.
Noah and Cassie have been in the Terry Fox Run since they were 5 and have raised money for this cause with the help of our very giving small community. In Inglis School (61 children) everyone participated in the Run. Each year they put the name of the family that raises the most money on a plaque in the lobby. I am proud to say that my children have had their names on that plaque for many years.
Last year they went door to door and collected a total of 1034.00! Next year since Noah will be going to high school in Russell, he wants to make his last year in Inglis school memorable and along with his sister, beat that total. I hope this story about small town kids will inspire others to run for a Cure. Please donate to give other families a little extra time with their loved ones who have cancer! May God Bless You All!
Noah and Casssandra "2013"
    Bump in the Road
    by Belleville Ontario , posted on 1:23 PM, September 4, 2014
    My name is Taylor Bertelink, I am 18 years old and in July of 2014 I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in the bone of my right shoulder blade. I graduated from grade 12 and had plans of attending College in September. I really thought I had my life figured out, plans fell into place, and everything felt right about my decisions. After my diagnosis my plans were brought to a stop. It was devastating to have your life take such a drastic turn. It would be easy to become bitter and ask the impossible question, "why me?" Today and everyday forward I choose to see the positives in my situation. I choose to give thanks for all that I am blessed with.
    On September 14th, 2014 I will be participating in the Terry Fox run before I start my new journey of Chemo and surgery. I believe that everything happens for a reason. After all, a persons path in life is never straight, and mine happens to simply have a bump in the road.
    My 7 year old grandson
    by Barbara Morris, Penticton BC, posted on 10:31 AM, July 25, 2014
    My grandsons are visiting from Sherwood Park AB. I had the youngest one Liam at the park. He came running over to me and asked me "did you see me running like 'Terry the Fox'? He told me he has run many times in the 'Terry the Fox' run at school. I was so amused by his terminology and on further reflection was moved by the fact that Terry Fox is well known by this younger generation. I remember living in Port Coquitlam when Terry did his original run and also visiting his statue in Ontario where he had to end his run. I think of him as very much a part of our lives but never thought of him in the lives of my grandchildren. Thank you for keeping his memory alive in everything you do. I wanted his mother to hear this story about Liam because I thought she would appreciate it!
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