Support Cancer

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic
Another project for school that I just absolutely thought should be submitted :P

Submitted: October 12, 2008

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Submitted: October 12, 2008

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Dear Readers,

"Who ever said one person can't make a difference?"

Terry Fox was a strong warrior, fighting for his life and others, everysecond of everyday. This man was not like other heroes known today, such as neil armstrong, the first man on the moon. Albert Einstein, one of the most intellectualy gifted man in the world. No, Terry was not like any of these men, he was different. Unlike the other heroes we know to date, he ran. Instead of anything in the world he saw his duty to the world and his debt to society, he knew what to do. He ran the Marathon of Hope, with one leg taken away from him by cancer.

On the tragedic day in 1977 just a few days after the celebration of his 18th year alive, he had recieved the horrific news. This energetic young man had been daignosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a bone cancer in his right knee. Aproximately 5 days later he was obliged to have his leg surgecally removed 6 inches above the knee. While hospitalized for the duration of a seemingly short period of time, there was only one thing he could not ignore, one thing that was eating him up inside, kids. He could not bear seeing the children enduring the same suffering, god forsaken disease. These inocent decendants made him realize how bad cancer really is. And that is what sparked the "Marathon of Hope". So it is remembered through-out the nation what had occured in 1977 to this unfortunate hero.

Aprill 12, 1980 Terry bathed his leg with the Atlantic's ocean tide hoping to, later on, submerge it within the Pacific's sea symbolically connecting Canada and all of its effort towards putting an end to cancer. Fox's dream was to run across Canada with his prosthetic leg showing that cancer cannot and will not stop us from finding the cure. Each step was justone less step to take to achieve his goal, another step towards freedom, and with each step Terry became much more intent on the future he would mold for us. Throughout his journey to the west coast he raised just about $360 million towards cancer research.

I belive that one man can make a difference. At the beginning of this marathon there was a 15% chanceof living through osteogenic sarcoma, now it's almost 80%, and if it takes only one man to make that much difference immaging if it were two, or three, or heck why not, the world! Please support cancer research, you never know whom it's going to hit next.


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