September 25, 2015

On September 25th, 2015, over 1000 students took to the streets in celebration of the life of Terry Fox. 35 years after Terry Fox began his fateful journey across Canada, people of all ages and athletic ability continue to walk and run in honor of our fallen hero. On this beautiful autumn day, students either enjoyed a leisurely one km walk, or a challenging, but rewarding five km run in the surrounding community showing both their support in the fight against cancer, and school spirit and solidarity by wearing scarlet and gold, along with other VPCI apparel.

With the ultimate goal to raise awareness of both cancer and cancer research, students who participated in our own miniature “Marathon of Hope” raised $1540.10 in donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Terry’s charity of choice. VPAC would also like to congratulate Ms. Chang’s class for raising $207.20; the most out of any class.

Fuad Ali, co-president of VPAC had a few words about the run: “Thank you so much for your participation VP! It was great to see the enthusiasm of our students, whether they ran the 1k or 5k route. We encourage you to continue to be active in all aspects of your life!”

Terry Fox was a cancer research advocate, and an aspiring athlete in high school. However, he was forced to have his right leg amputated due to developing bone cancer, effectively crushing his dream of pursuing a career in kinesiology. Soon after, he began his journey across Canada to raise awareness of cancer and cancer research, titled the “Marathon of Hope”. He planned to start in St. John’s Newfoundland, with the ultimate goal to reach Victoria, BC. Sadly, his journey abruptly ended in Thunder Bay when he learned that the cancer had spread to his lungs. He died shortly after. To this day, Canadians all across the journey carry on his legacy every September by running in his honour for one day.

Special thanks go out to the Victoria Park Athletic Council, our volunteers and especially Nancy Zhuo and Mr. Rogers for the countless hours spent organizing the event. VPAC would also like to thank all of you who came out, especially Mr. Bushell, who ran the 5k course twice! Excellent work, Mr. Bushell. Hopefully one day with your support, we will be able to achieve Terry Fox’s dreams.