Between April 12 and September 2, 1980, a legend began. For that brief moment of time, Terry Fox elevated all of us. Every facet of our society formed a common thread of hope, a spirit and with a message…Terry’s message, “Somewhere the hurting must stop”.
Led by Pat Ecclestone, islanders came together on September 16 to support the Terry Fox Foundation, to raise money in the fight against cancer but more importantly, to capture the spirit of Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope. Fourty seven island volunters donated their time to support Pat…and while many people might not understand the logistics of staging such an event, every detail must be thought of in advance because “failure needs no preparation”. What a day we had…
Eighty-eight (88) participants gathered at Gene and Nina Manion’s barn on a glorious sunny morning with Fire Chief Mike Quinn officially starting the run. And of course, not everyone ran…
Jim Kaljian had major heart bypass surgery a couple of years ago and last year, participated but couldn’t finish. At 77 years young, Jim was our oldest participant this year. Jim trained and completed a few four-mile walks prior to Sunday. He walked 14.8km and finished. He is an American, a retired state trooper…he is an islander. Jim’s direct quote was, “the spirit of the day was enough to carry you”. And Jim’s wife Kitty, much younger than Jim, was on her bicycle in her tartan shorts and all along the route, was kept up-to-date with Jim’s progress by the courtesy drivers.
One of the youngest was Pat’s grandson, Bryson, at 14 months. Bryson also participated last year at 2 months, pushed in his stroller by Pat’s daughter Wendy. This year, he rode along on his mom’s bike. We had several infants this year. In fact it was a great family event, with many children in addition to the island “old timers.”
Clive and Cathy Hollins registered then high-tailed to their boat on Havenwood Trail to complete the “run” by sailing to the foot ferry. The wind was in their sails going to the finish line but as I understand it, the trip home took much longer.
Penny Cain had a cookie sale and raised $46.00 and Jean Morey opened Udder-D-Lite following the run and raised over $50.00. Kim and Natalie Nossel donated the bottled water. So many people in many ways involved in the spirit of the day.
In all, $6548.55 was raised this year by Howe Islanders for the Terry Fox Foundation.
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who supported Pat and the Terry Fox Foundation.