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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Marathon of Hope- A Single Dream. A World of Hope.

This morning Petey and I completed the Terry Fox Run- okay, not the whole 10K...we did the shorter 5K, because hello? A 10k walk at 9 in the morning may have just killed me. Maybe.

Me, Petey, Fortune (LGX), and Dee

The Terry Fox Run is an annual event here in Canada, with walks taking place all around the country. It is to commemorate Terry Fox, and to carry on his mission- raising money for cancer research. The Port Coquitlam, B.C. teenager was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer, and in 1977, had his right leg amputated six inches above the knee. While he was in the hospital, he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research- the Marathon of Hope.

On April 12, 1980, after dipping his leg in the Atlantic Ocean, he set off on his journey across Canada. After 143 days and 5,375 km, his journey was forced to an end because his cancer had spread to his lungs. At the age of 22, Terry Fox passed away on June 28, 1981.

Today, my family, Petey, and another foster family walked to commemorate this young Canadian hero and to try to help a little bit in carrying on his legacy. I'm very proud to say that Petey walked very well today (most of the time), though he was a tad distracted by this one off-leash dog that was walking along behind us. This is my favourite picture of Petey from today:

The walk was not too bad- a lot of it was along a shaded path by a little stream, and there was a water stop about half way.

Are we there yet???

We did the 5K in an hour and a half- I suppose it wouldn't have taken that long if we had actually rain it, but we were doing it more as a leisurely walk sorta thing. But, in the end, we all made it back in one piece.

*Darn, blogger stopped working- I'll post the cute pic of him at the Finish sign later*


Blogger Erin said...

alright nat, i recomend you get blogger beta if you want to upload pictures faster and some other things....i've decided i REAALLYY like blogger beta better!!

I like amber have created a another regular blog so that i can comment on regular blogs!

In other words don't use this link to get to my site ;-)

4:03 p.m.


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