In September 1981, I ran in the inaugural Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research. I was thirty-one years old and living the dream in Oshawa, Ontario. At that time, I didn’t know anybody who had the disease, but I was touched by this young man’s Marathon of Hope, and I wanted to raise money in his memory.
Over the next four decades, I lost many friends and family to Cancer and then in June 2009 it came knocking on my door. I was rushed to the hospital with blood rushing from my mouth. It was Stage 3 Throat Cancer, with a 40% chance of survival. I received daily radiation treatments for the next seven weeks and also had chemotherapy. And I am still here!
I am alive today because of dedicated people at the BC Cancer Agency and the staff of the Fraser Valley Cancer Centre in Surrey, BC. They have become like family to me, and I love each and every one of them!
Last Fall, after undergoing a CT Scan, two spots were found in my lungs. In a subsequent scan in 2016, the spots were still there. I will be having my next CT Scan in few weeks, but rather than sitting around W&W (waiting and worrying) I’ve decided to register for the 2016 Terry Fox Run 10K Run – on September 18th – but this time, I’ll be walking.
My goal is to raise $1,000, and I’ve started it off by pledging $100. I know that everyone is asking for money to support this or that worthy charity – but this fundraiser is for cancer research – and your financial help will save someone’s life! I am alive today because of research – and your entire donation will go to research.
If you would like to support this worthy cause – why not walk with me or pledge a couple of bucks – or both! No donation is too small (or too large).
Thanks for giving a pause for this cause.
By the way, I’m still living the dream!
Here is the link to my page: http://www.terryfox.ca/danny10Kwalk
UPDATE: September 19th – I was able to complete the 1K walk but had to spend the rest of the day in bed. I will be writing about the day in a future blog.
Here are some photos from the event: