Check­ing in on the park

The Western Star - - Front Page - BY DAVE KEARSEY THE WESTERN STAR [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

We asked peo­ple what they thought of the work done to im­prove Blanche Brook Park in Stephenvil­le.

Terry Fox in­spired a coun­try to never give up hope in the fight against can­cer.

His legacy lives on to­day with young boys and girls across the coun­try par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Terry Fox Run — an an­nual event held across the coun­try in mem­ory of the man who raised mil­lions of dol­lars for can­cer re­search.

Terry Fox died, his fam­ily by his side, on June 28, 1981, one month shy of turn­ing 23 years old.

He dipped his ar­ti­ci­fial leg into the At­lantic Ocean on April 12, 1980 to be­gin his cross-coun­try ven­ture, but af­ter 143 days and 5,373 kilo­me­tres he stopped run­ning out­side of Thun­der Bay, Ont., be­cause his pri­mary can­cer had spread to his lungs.

The young­sters who at­tend Step­ping Stones Day­care in Cor­ner Brook held a Lit­tle Fox Run on the com­pany’s grounds Fri­day morn­ing to rec­og­nize the im­pact the man be­hind the Marathon of Hope had on peo­ple from coast to coast.

Too young to re­mem­ber how Fox be­came a house­hold name in Canada, most of the young­sters knew very lit­tle about the sig­nif­i­cance of his jour­ney, but they know that he was a pretty spe­cial guy to do what he did.

Zack­ery Bur­den, who is seven, said Fox was a nice per­son to think about oth­ers when he was sick. He was sad know­ing he died, but he was happy to see so much money raised on his be­half.

“He was a good guy be­cause he walked across Canada to raise money for peo­ple in the hospi­tal with can­cer,” he said.

Wy­att Sparkes said he felt happy know­ing some­body was nice enough to help other sick peo­ple when he was very sick him­self so he be­lieves Terry Fox was a spe­cial per­son.

“He’s some­body who was happy to raise money for can­cer and help a lot of peo­ple,” Wy­att said. “I’d re­ally like to say thanks to him for what he did.”

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WESTERN STAR

Chil­dren at­tend­ing Step­ping Stones Day­care on O’Con­nell Drive in Cor­ner Brook par­tic­i­pated in a Lit­tle Fox Run in mem­ory of Terry Fox on Thurs­day at the day­care grounds. Car­ry­ing the ban­ner lead­ing the youngest group at the fa­cil­ity are, from left,...

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