Friday, August 3, 2012

Give Me Money!

Today I am going a little offtrack. I want to let everyone know that this year I am once again doing the Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research!!

In case you are not familiar with Terry's story, I thought I would do a brief bio here:

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada's west coast. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977.
While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
He would call his journey the Marathon of Hope.
It was a journey that Canadians never forgot.
After 18 months and running over 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles) to prepare, Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little fanfare. Although it was difficult to garner attention in the beginning, enthusiasm soon grew, and the money collected along his route began to mount. He ran close to 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day through Canada's Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario. However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs. An entire nation was stunned and saddened. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22.
The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning.
To date, over $600 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry's name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.
In Canada, we each do the Terry Fox Run in his honour in September. In school it is mandatory, but years afterwards my friend and I decided to make our team, Team Amazing, to join a local race and to continue raising money. It is a lot of fun and there is SO much free food. But I do it for the charity! I swear!

Everyone has been impacted by cancer in some way, either through an individual fight or that of a friend or relative. Because of that, I would love for everyone to help me in my race this year!! I am hoping to raise $1000 and I cannot do it alone :)

Please click on the link below to donate (it is secure!), or contact me directly, and I will send lots of happy vibes your way!!

Update: My friend Lisa drew me this awesome meme for the cause!! 

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