“Fox was a very special man”

“Fox was a very special man”

Terry Fox Run held at Cookshire Elementary School


By William Crooks

Local Journalism Initiative


Cookshire Elementary School held its annual Terry Fox Run Sept. 26. The Record spoke with sixth grade students Logan Willard and Hailey Bilodeau and French teacher Kim Gaudette to get their thoughts on the event.

“It’s something we do yearly,” Gaudette said, like all the schools do. It’s a very special moment where they get to commemorate “someone that has done something spectacular”. The “Marathon of Hope” is something Terry Fox did not get to finish, Gaudette said, but Fox asked everyone to continue on in his stead, and that is what they have been doing ever since. “It’s been 43 years now.”

All the children were split by grade and ran around the soccer field. Each lap represented a province that Fox did or was to run across, which they marked down on a paper map they carried. Every child dedicated their running to someone close to them.

“I think it’s really special,” Bilodeau commented, because we are running for Terry Fox, who had cancer in his leg. Bilodeau dedicated her running to her grandfather, who passed away from cancer. “I think it’s very special in my heart,” said Willard, because Fox was a very special man. Fox was trying to raise money for cancer research, Willard added. Willard, who dedicated his running to his stepfather and grandmother, has had people in his life that have passed away from cancer.

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