Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I is for Impossible

Over the weekend besides taking care of my injured daughter who had ankle surgery,

and eating way too many Cadbury Eggs,

and watching a couple Harry Potter movies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and
Sister Act--if laughter is the best medicine, Whoopi is a pretty strong drug,

I watched an ESPN documentary about Terry Fox, someone I'd never even heard of.

Terry did the impossible with a capital I. In 1977 Terry had his right leg amputated because of cancer.  He was 18 or 19 at the time.  Being an athletic kid, and being strongly moved by all the kids he saw die in the cancer ward, he wanted to do something that would make a difference.

Terry decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer awareness and research.  Terry ran a marathon every day for 143 days covering 3,339 miles before the cancer, which spread to his lungs, forced him to quit.  He died 9 months later.

It should be noted that when Terry began his run, nobody cared.  Once he stopped in a town of 5,000 people to give a speech and nobody showed up.  He ran in the heat and in the cold, up hill, down hill, when he was tired, hungry,  and sick.  On one leg.  Terry never quit. 

The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981 is the largest one-day cancer fund-raiser in the world with 60 countries participating.  Five hundred million dollars have been raised for cancer research in Terry Fox's name.

So, I is for Terry who did the Impossible.

What do you want to do that seems impossible?


  1. I want to be able to look at that first picture without having to put my head between my knees afterward.

  2. Awesome story - I had never heard of him!

    btw - love Cadbury Mini Eggs (they are my all-time fave)