Every September in our school system we have the privilege of raising money for the Terry Fox Foundation. Every year we are directed to educate our students on why we value this fundraising event. As I watch the videos, read the stories and share the trivia about this young man, it touches my heart deeper and deeper each year.
Terry Fox was the epitome of self-sacrifice and serving. He was a very determined young man who was going to try and raise only one dollar for every Canadian to raise awareness for cancer.
This man, on a prosthetic leg, ran a marathon a day! Can you believe that? There are people in this world that lay around and take advantage of society, and this man was trying to better society by making the country aware of the effects of cancer on a person, their family and their world. What a self-less man!
Unfortunately, at the height of his efforts, he was rushed to the hospital where he found out the cancer spread to his lungs and died shortly after. Never fulfilling his dreams of running across the entire country. Never being able to be greeted at the finish-line by his family and friends.
Even though he didn’t accomplish his dream during the time he was alive, his efforts go further and beyond what Terry ever hoped or dreamed they would do! Before he passed away, he even acknowledged that his life had a bigger reason than he ever dreamed and his pain and suffering was all for a reason.
How many of us, see many years later why we had to go through pain and suffering. It really does all have a reason. Even when we are going through our season of pain, and don’t understand why we have to go through it, we should use Terry Fox as a guide on how we should handle our painful time. We still have to remember that we are to be self-sacrificing and serving.
At one point some of the media was turning his story negative. Imagine. Man! Some people. One lady told him that he was doing too much, pushing himself too hard. You know what Terry’s response was? He wasn’t doing enough. That is an incredible human.
How many of us have a bad day, and it is the end of the world. We get into a bad mood and become all self-centered and wallow in self-pity. This man had blood running down his prosthetic leg and still pushed on. This man knew that he was very ill, but still kept pushing for his cause. This man should be everyone’s role-model!
Phillippians 2:3-4 puts it nicely, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Terry was all about everyone else, but himself.
How many of us can honestly say we put everyone else above ourselves? We have to use people in this world, like Terry Fox, as lessons of what we should aspire to be. It might not be cancer that you are going through, but when we face pain, we should use our pain to help others. Whatever the subject is, take your pain and turn it into a method of helping others who are experiencing the same pain as you. Just like Terry Fox did. A national hero. Thank you Terry Fox!