Our 24th Terry Fox run was met with slightly cooler weather and a warm response from the Matthews Hall Community. It was so nice to see parents and family take part with their children in each run. Led by the grade 8 students we were treated to smiling red faces, and great feelings of accomplishment with all the hard work paying off from their practices.
The Terry Fox run is an integral part of our school’s and countries’ foundation.
This year was a great success and we can’t wait to celebrate our 25th year supporting the Terry Fox foundation.
Please remember that pledges can still be handed in or you can simply click http://www.terryfox.ca/MatthewsHallIndependent to make your donation. Our current total is $6,328.10
Grade 8 Reflections on the Terry Fox Run
I first came to Matthews Hall when I was in the second grade. The first year running the Terry Fox Run was really tough. To be honest, I walked a lot of the course. But, when I turned a corner and saw my mom cheering me on, I immediately tried my best and eventually finished. The next year wasn’t as bad. Yes, I was still slow as a turtle but I tried harder. Over the years, even though the course gets longer as you get older, it still became easier. Maybe that’s because I’ve given more thought to how hard it must have been for Terry Fox battling cancer and running with one leg. Last year Ari Suetres came to speak about what it’s like to run with a disability; some other students and me tried to run as if we were blind. It was hard! I fell because my guide didn’t tell me where a ledge was. Now, when I run, I realize how much easier it is for me than it is for many others to run.
“Terry Fox”- what does that mean to you? It might just be a name but, for me, it means to never give up even when you’re against the odds. It means even when you’re down for the count you keep getting up. It means that the fight against cancer is never over. Terry Fox represents all of those things and so does today’s run.
Terry Fox ran 5,373 km. You know what? We grade 8s have to run 2.2 km. That means Terry Fox ran 5370.8 km more than us. That’s crazy for a regular person to do, but Terry had cancer and a prosthetic leg! This shows that the human will is stronger than anything else. This shows that with determination you can do anything. So, if you’re thinking of going out there and not trying your best, just say to yourself, “If Terry did it so can I.”
When someone says Terry Fox, what do I think of? I think of an incredible Canadian hero—a hero who ran 5,373 km to change the world for the better. I also think of hope. I think of friendship, participation and working together to make a difference.
But, what else do I think of when someone says Terry Fox? I think of the Matthews Hall Terry Fox Run, something I have participated in for eight years. With this year as my final year, I am going to give my best effort. Something I’ll always remember before I head out is this: it doesn’t matter if you walk, jog, sprint or skip, you’re making a difference. It’s a difference not only in the school, but also in the world.
From a young age my family has been whittled down by cancer. First it was my Nono, then my grandfather; next, my aunt and grandmother; then, not long ago, my dog. So, the run itself has always had a deeper meaning for me. I’ve ran it since the first grade, always doing my best and through the years improving. It’s not about coming first, contrary to popular belief. It’s more about just showing spirit by giving your all. Terry ran the equivalent to a marathon daily. All we run is a 2.2 km course. He showed dedication and so do all of us doing the run. Because of runs like this and many others around the globe there will one day be a cure.