“I, like so many others have been affected by Cancer. I’ve lost family, friends and have watched its effect on members of our small community.
For me, the hardest and most impactful hit was losing my dad six years ago after his short battle with this horrible disease. It rocked my family’s world and we miss him every second of every day. Since losing my dad I’ve worked hard to raise money and awareness for cancer research. I’ve done this by taking part in fundraising runs and events with the Canadian Cancer Society, Mudmoiselle, Run for the Cure, Relay For Life, the Terry Fox Run, Team Shan, #greyforcaleb, Hockey Fights Cancer and Knock Cancer Out of the Park, our annual baseball tournament. It’s because of my dad and his love for helping others that I decided to pursue this new role as the Terry Fox Run Organizer for Temiskaming Shores and area.
I literally jumped at the opportunity when first hearing that Kelly Howard and her team were stepping down after 10 years of organizing this event. They did such an amazing job and I know that I have some huge shoes to fill. I am so excited to follow in their footsteps and continue this legacy in Temiskaming Shores. I feel that it’s important to participate in events that hold a special place in your heart. It becomes part of your healing journey and helps support others who are going through this as well. I love hearing other people’s stories and seeing people run in memory or to honour their loved ones. They do it with such passion and love. Over the last month, to lead up to the Terry Fox run, we have been compiling amazing stories of survivors and some that have lost a good fight all on our Terry Fox Facebook page titled “Warrior Highlights”. The testimonies on the page are truly inspiring.
My goal for our community is to get everyone involved in the Terry Fox Run in some way, shape or form. Whether it be running, walking, biking, promoting, being a volunteer or donating to the cause, I encourage everyone to take part in this event. Terry Fox refused to be defined by his circumstances. His strength, courage, determination and perseverance are something that has inspired not just me, but an entire country. Each year, over 9,000 Terry Fox Runs take place throughout the country and they are all 100% driven by volunteers. It’s incredible that still, after 30 years people across Canada and in our community continue to carry on his legacy. We run for Hope, we run for a Cure, we run for those that can’t. I want people to know that by supporting the Terry Fox Run, you will be making an important contribution to a charitable organization that still embodies the values of its founder and that your funds are going towards cancer research projects and getting us closer to a World without Cancer.”