“My Students call me Mme. Terry Fox!”
I was 25 when I first heard the name Terry Fox. I’d just moved to Port Cartier, Quebec to begin a career in teaching and was following Terry’s journey. Shortly after Terry was forced to stop his Run near Thunder Bay, CTV’s Lloyd Roberston hosted a telethon and asked the nation to “do something spontaneous for Terry”. I was inspired and compelled to act, so I gathered a friend and ten of my students from Riverview School in Port Cartier, Quebec to join a “Run for Terry”. I’ll be doing my 40th this year and haven’t missed one since 1980.
Terry’s name was new to me back then, but cancer wasn’t. My Dad died of lung cancer in 1976 when he was only 43, which still seems impossibly young. At that time, cancer was such a mystery and treatments were unrefined. I’ve remained committed to The Terry Fox Foundation because I see their research continuing to improve and contributing to better patient outcomes. I truly believe that the advancements made possible by research would have benefitted my Dad if he were being treated today.
I recently decided to create a gift in my will for The Terry Fox Foundation, which wasn’t spontaneous, but is incredibly meaningful to me. As a long-time volunteer, donor, and fundraiser to this organization, I know that research takes time and understand that each step matters in achieving a goal. The gift in my will is one of those steps and a tribute to the people I’ve lost to cancer and the patients I’ll never meet.
As a long time Terry Fox’er, I’m proud to be a part of the past, present, and future of this organization and Terry’s dream. If you’ve ever thought about creating a gift in your will, I urge you to talk about it with your loved ones today.
Debbie Laurie aka “Mme. Terry Fox”