Share Your Stories
by Dave & Stephanie Strong, posted on 5:01 PM, September 24, 2014
|My Mother passed away in 1968 @ 51 years of age , from Cervical Cancer. I was 15 my sister was 17. When a Mother dies the lifeline that holds the family together is gone. My husband and I , married for 26 years, are both cancer survivors. He is a Two time Cancer survivor . Prostate cancer and surgery in 2001 , they tod him he had three years to live . We were very lucky , he is still here . In 2004 , @ 51 ( the age my Mother past ) I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and had a double mastectomy , a year later I had a 14 hour reconstruction surgery, with moving the fat from my stomach to make the breasts . I did not want any silicon, or saline in my body. Then in 2010 , my husband was diagnosed with Colrectal Cancer . After surgery , he was in the hospital for 41 days and lost 51 lbs . Now he is back to his normal weight and all is fine. We are so very lucky we are survivors. For years we have done the Terry Fox walk/run , even when I worked in Paris Ontario and Terry was doing his run I drove out to where he was running and gave him some money from our office and told hi how I admired his strength and dedication . He changed the world regarding Cancer.|
by Sandy Oxford, posted on 1:56 PM, September 24, 2014
|This year I couldn't do the run on Sept. 14th so I chose Sept. 24th, the National School Run Day, to do my own Terry Fox run. I chose the old Sussex, NB route and posted a personal best time of 52 minutes. I try to think of Terry every year and celebrate life and the ability to still run. Terry Fox, you are my inspiration, a true Canadian hero and legend.|
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!
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.