They walked a mile in his shoes UpdatedSaturday, September 28, 2013 by: Jamie LyleStudents and teachers from three local schools put on their running shoes and set out to promote awareness about the importance of continuing 'Terry's Dream.'
The 9th Annual Widdifield Family of Schools Terry Fox Walk was held again this year to commemorate Terry's arduous run across Canada in 1980, a trek he made to raise money for cancer research and to improve public awareness of the disease.
On Friday, over 1500 hundred students, teachers and parents from Widdifield, E.T Carmichael and W.J Fricker walked a mile en mass as a symbolic notion of being in Fox's shoes.
The three schools also joined together to set an example for kids of all ages to work enthusiastically within a team that can lend support to a community and a cause.
“It's a celebration of all of the work that's been put into the Terry Fox Foundation,” says Jocelyn Bell-Summersby, a teacher at Widdifield Secondary.
After the spirited walk, students gathered into the Widdifield gymnasium, bringing with them mascots and banners that represented their schools of origin.
The event continued on as students sang songs that were filled with words of hope and heard moving speeches, highlighting the impact that cancer has on many people in the community.
Cancer has seen numerous treatments and therapies help defeat the disease in many people but, sadly, many still lose their lives to its complications.
It's evident that the disease scares and frustrates many people, who are often left feeling helpless in their abilities to comfort, prevent or cure, especially when it arises in our own families and strikes our loved ones.
Cancer mercilessly struck Widdifield student Casey Ouellette.
A few years ago, Ouellette was diagnosed with Leukaemia, a cancer of the blood that, to in order to control, must entail the longest treatment for any given cancer.
Her treatment was deemed successful 2 years ago last August and she has since been a proponent of all things that could help in the fight against the disease.
“I'm here and I'm a survivor,” says Ouellette proudly.
Ouellette says that this day has made her think a lot about her relentless fight against Leukaemia and how exciting it is to be a survivor while still remembering the sadness attached to all those people who are fighting the disease and those who did not survive it.
“This day means a lot to me,” she says.