Eckville Jr./Sr. High, alongside the Eckville Elementary held their annual Terry Fox Run on September 23.
The run commemorates 35 years since people all over the country started this yearly tradition in honour of Terry Fox’s historic run to help find a cure for cancer from Newfoundland to Thunder Bay.
Principal Brian Holland feels in is vital to continue to share Fox’s story and for people to continue to fund research.
“When we give students the name tags for their chests, there are very few people who don’t have someone they are directly connected to,” he said. “That is why it resonates with Canadians because the disease is still so pervasive.”
Holland mentioned that it is important to continue to remember that Fox, the Canadian icon and hero, was an ordinary person just like all the students in Eckville.
“One of the challenges being so far after Terry’s passing is getting the younger generations to understand he was an everyday person like them,” he said. “He was an ordinary person except in his passion and his conviction.”
Holland added that the run had full participation and the students bought in wonderfully to Fox’s dream of curing cancer. The run also came with added bonuses.
“We get the opportunity to take advantage of the walking trails the Town has put in over the years – they put us in some nice areas,” Holland said.