Looking at Terry Fox runners with ‘new eyes’

I had been involved with the Terry Fox Run for years, but the meaning for me took a dramatic turn.

To the editor:

When Lance Armstrong recovered from testicular cancer that had metastasized to his lungs, abdomen and brain, his doctors urged him to give back. Along with Nike, the world famous yellow bracelet and LIVESTRONG were born.

I had been involved with the Terry Fox Run for years, but the meaning for me took a dramatic turn. Now, I am a survivor. My volunteer effort with the Terry Fox Run centers around inviting other cancer survivors to celebrate survivorship by joining us. All we are asking is that you register to get your complimentary, red Terry’s Team T-shirt and show up on the day.

My first Terry Fox Run experience as a survivor was very moving for me. I looked through different eyes at the individuals, teams and families who gathered to support research for all kinds of cancer. While every cancer patient is on their own journey, every survivor is invited to go to www.terryfox.org and click on the cancer survivors button.

Cancer survivors embody the power of the human spirit. We are symbols of hope and the evidence that cancer research makes a difference.

My goal is to witness a sea of red T-shirts worn by Terry’s Team on Sunday, Sept. 16. See you there.

Terry Fox Run, Sunday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at Mission Sportsfields. No entry fee, no minimum donation. Register at www.terryfox.org. Questions: terryfoxrunkelowna@gmail.com.

D. Hamilton, Kelowna

Kelowna Capital News