Marathon of Hope

09 Feb 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Some of Muscat’s top teachers aim to raise money for cancer research in memory of a remarkable Canadian. Team Y reports.

When Canadian cancer survivor and amputee Terry Fox set off on his historic Marathon of Hope run back in 1980, little did he know the impact his dream would have around the world – even today, nearly 36 years after his death.

At just 18, Terry had lost his leg to cancer and he hoped to raise money for cancer research during an arduous cross-Canada run, which began on April 12, 1980, in St John’s, Newfoundland.

Averaging 42 kilometres a day, Terry ran for 143 days, or a total of 5,373km, before having to give up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A heartbreaking moment; Terry’s cancer had returned and spread to his lungs. He passed away on June 21, 1981 – just a month short of his 23rd birthday. An unlikely hero, he raised millions for cancer research with his Marathon of Hope.

And today, the annual Terry Fox Run is held by thousands of communities around the world, from Canada to the United States, India, Europe and even here in the GCC region, including the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.

Closer to home, The American International School Muscat (TAISM) recently held its annual Terry Fox event, this year called TAISM Rocks for Terry Fox! Along with a fun run, a number of teachers and students shaved their heads to raise money for leukaemia research at Sultan Qaboos University, which is headed by Dr Zakiya Al Lamki.

TAISM has been holding the Terry Fox Run every year since 2008 with the aim of raising awareness about cancer research efforts, as well as funds for children in Oman suffering from cancer. In total, TAISM this year raised RO5,300 rials for Dr al Lamki’s leukemia research – the most they have ever achieved. Congratulations!

It took cancer to realise that being self-centred is not the way to live. The answer is to try and help others.

– Terry Fox

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