Terry Fox’s brother Fred makes a spe­cial visit to He­roes’ Memo­rial

Sherbrooke Record - - BROME COUNTY - By Louise Smith

What a spe­cial day it was on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. A sea of red T-shirts, He­roes’ Memo­rial’s colours, filled the school gym­na­sium. At the front of the gym was a large painting of Terry Fox. Mrs. Barr had her choir and dancers in place and en­ter­ing the gym was Fred Fox, Terry’s older brother, and Lynne Marie Mathieu from the Que­bec branch of the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion. Fred was wear­ing the new T-shirt for the 2018 run.

Be­fore the assem­bly Fred and Lynne had toured the school to see Terry’s face in a mu­ral on the wall in the hall­way and to look at pre­vi­ous years’ Terry Fox run pho­tos, in­clud­ing one with Terry’s mom, Betty Fox, who had vis­ited the school in 1998. They even saw the Terry Fox tro­phy that is pre­sented each year to a stu­dent who ex­hibits Terry’s tenac­ity. They could see that the spirit of Terry was part of the school cul­ture.

Back in the gym, Fred shared pho­tos of grow­ing up with Terry and back­ground sto­ries to help to ex­plain Terry’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to do some­thing to make a dif­fer­ence when it comes to the bat­tle against can­cer. He ended by re­peat­ing Terry’s phrase, “Even if I have to stop, some­one has to con­tinue. Never give up.”

The stu­dents in He­roes’ Memo­rial ev­ery year sur­pass ex­pec­ta­tions with the thou­sands of dol­lars raised in the Septem­ber run. Next Septem­ber Lynne Marie Mathieu has said that she will re­turn for He­roes’ run.

At the assem­bly the top four stu­dents

David Vil­leneuve is stand­ing with the top fundrais­ers for this year, Cordell John­son, Jake Blinn, Sarah Jette, and Joshua-pre­ston Burns. Also in the pic­ture are Liane Flynn and Fred Fox. who brought in funds were hon­oured with Terry Fox T-shirts. In cy­cle one it was Sarah Jette, in cy­cle two it was Jake Blinn, and in cy­cle three it was Cordell John­son. The stu­dent who brought in the most funds was Joshua-pre­ston Burns who brought in $247.10.

Liane Flynn was pre­sented a book about Terry Fox and Joshua Warner ac­cepted a book to be placed in the school li­brary. Two stu­dents who raised funds Fred Fox, Terry’s older brother, and Lynne Marie Mathieu from the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion made a spe­cial visit to He­roes’ Memo­rial. at the pre-christ­mas sale last Novem­ber, Mis­cha Lacroix and Lo­ri­anne Charette, gave the money to Fred Fox. Mor­gan Ga­tien and Tris­tan Holmes ac­cepted a 25year ban­ner to rec­og­nize the 25 years that runs have hap­pened at the school.

The assem­bly ended with a song that was sung by all and then a group photo was taken. It was a day that all in the room would never for­get.

A Self­less Act

It’s Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week. Vol­un­teer­ing is of­ten seen as a self­less act; a per­son gives their time, skills, ex­pe­ri­ence and pas­sion to help oth­ers, with­out ex­pect­ing any­thing in re­turn.

One hun­dred and fifty vol­un­teers are part of L’équipe d’ac­com­pa­g­ne­ment Au Di­a­pa­son. One hun­dred and fifty self­less hu­man be­ings who take time each and ev­ery week to en­sure that Au Di­a­pa­son’s mis­sion is car­ried for­ward. Some vol­un­teer in the kitchen, at the re­cep­tion desk or by do­ing in­door and out­door main­te­nance at La Mai­son Au Di­a­pa­son in Bromont while oth­ers are trained to help the nurs­ing staff as­sist with the care and com­fort of pa­tients.

The out­reach of their work goes even fur­ther. A big part of our team is trained to of­fer emo­tional, spir­i­tual and psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port. This sup­port is not only of­fered to pa­tients in pal­lia­tive care and their loved ones at La Mai­son Au Di­a­pa­son but also on the on­col­ogy unit at Brome-mis­sisquoi-perkins Hos­pi­tal in Cowansville and at the Hôpi­tal de Granby. Their role is to of­fer at­ten­tive lis­ten­ing and a com­fort­ing pres­ence to help pa­tients and fam­i­lies at dif­fer­ent stages of the dis­ease.

L’équipe d’ac­com­pa­g­ne­ment Au Di­a­pa­son takes it one step fur­ther by of­fer­ing be­reave­ment sup­port, ei­ther in groups or in­di­vid­u­ally, in both English and French to adults as well as chil­dren. All ser­vices of­fered by Au Di­a­pa­son are free to res­i­dents of the Brome-mis­sisquoi and Hauteya­maska com­mu­ni­ties. Need­less to say that we are eter­nally grate­ful to our vol­un­teers with­out whom this would never be pos­si­ble. There is no big­ger or bet­ter word than self­less to de­scribe the peo­ple who of­fer their sup­port to our com­mu­nity in the way the vol­un­teers of Au Di­a­pa­son do. There should be, but for lack of a bet­ter word… thank you to our SELF­LESS he­roes, our team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers! For more in­for­ma­tion on

Au Di­a­pa­son, visit www.au­di­a­pa­son.org.

PHO­TOS BY LOUISE SMITH

Mrs. Barr led the school choir in sev­eral songs.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.