On Sunday, Sept 16, 2018 dozens of folks in the Stephenville area gathered and registered to participate in the annual Terry Fox Run.-The Marathon of Hope. Among those registered were the Stephenville Lions Club (SLC). For three of those walking, this was personal; each had or is still battling his own fight with a form of cancer.
Members proudly carried the banner and stood tall and strong putting one foot in front of the other as they reverently remembered another soul. One who gallantly and courageously, so many years ago, set across this country to travel a lonely journey in his efforts to find a cure to cancer. Terry’s Dream was that one day a cure would be found so that he and others like him could dream of a day when there would be no more pain or tears due to this deadly disease.
As Club President, Lion Corinne, stated during a recent email urging all members to join, “cancer doesn’t care about age, health or physical ability…why then should we?”
Community members of all ages participated on all levels, with some only going a short distance, with others completing the 10 km trek. Many jogged, others walked and some little ones even rolled.
It is because of funds raised, like the $650 donated by SLC, that today the Canadian Cancer Society and other research companies worldwide are financially able to continue research and development of new medications, treatment and, hopefully, one day soon a cure.