A few of the schools around Lloydminster were privy to a special presentation on Oct. 6, when the brother of a famous Canadian hero visited to talk about his sibling’s life and legacy.
The Canadian hero in question is the late runner Terry Fox, who in 1980, attempted to run across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer research.
Terry’s older brother, Fred Fox, held presentations at Queen Elizabeth School, St. Mary’s Elementary School, Father Gorman Community School and Bishop Lloyd Middle School, where he talked to students about Terry’s determination and what it was like growing up with him.
“We’ve been doing that for a few years now, sharing Terry’s stories to schools, not only in Saskatchewan and Alberta and Lloydminster here but across the country,” said Fox.
“(We) share Terry’s story, they do such a great job across the country keeping Terry’s legacy and dream alive, but it’s not all about raising money for cancer research with schools. It’s about seeing Terry as a role model and somebody they can model themselves after in setting goals and working hard.”
Fox says he’s happy to see how much the Marathon of Hope has raised over the years and that Terry would be proud to see how young people have “picked up the ball and ran with it.” Terry’s message was that everyone will be affected by cancer, if not personally than through a family member or friend, and Fox says it’s great that kids are more informed about the disease now than they were in that past.
The best part of these school presentations for Fox is meeting the students and staff and others who have played a part in making it all happen.
“Our family gets an opportunity to talk about Terry and to people, but it’s a minor role than so many people across the country who give their heart and soul and volunteer their time to make it happen and we’re always grateful to them for doing that.”
William Davies, a Grade 6 student at Queen Elizabeth School who has participated in the Terry Fox Run seven years in a row, enjoyed how the presentation gave a personal look into the runner’s life.
“It was very good. He explained how Terry and him, they did everything together and how they were really good together and they were brothers,” said Davies. “How some brothers fight, it kind of looked like they were more close and they wouldn’t fight as much.”
Davies says the presentation taught him the stages of Terry’s life, from start to finish, which was something he really enjoyed. One of Davies’ other Grade 6 schoolmates, Tag Bryson, also saw the presentation, which taught him more about hard work and determination. Bryson has also participated in the run since he’s started school.
“In our class we’re reading a book called Run and it has all of the details he was talking about today,” Bryson said. He added that his favourite part of Fox’s visit was, “Just how it showed how he ran, and how he tried so hard to run, and then he kept on just trying to push his limits until he had to give up.”
Students from Barr Colony School also made a visit to Queen Elizabeth School to attend the presentation.