The dictionary describes a hero as a champion, conqueror, remarkably brave person or someone admired. If you take a good look, there are hero’s all around you. They may be more of our everyday hero’s who often go without fanfare or even a thank you like the gentleman who opens the door for an elderly woman, the kind person who just paid for your lunch, or a neighbor lady who brings over a big pot of soup when she heard you were ill. But there are also times when the nation honors a remarkably brave person.

In 1980, Canada discovered a new hero!

Terry Fox, an 18 year old young man wanted to make a difference. He knew that to truly make a difference you must set your sights on a goal and never give up. Terry had been diagnosed with cancer and was overcome with the suffering of so many, especially young children. He decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research, Not only was this a lofty goal but Terry’s right leg was amputated 6 inches above the knee as a result of the cancer.

Terry practiced for 18 months.

On April 12, 1980 with little fanfare he began on the east coast. Through difficult weather conditions of rain, sleet, & snow Terry averaged 26 miles a day. Soon the enthusiasm and fanfare increased and so did the finances.

However, on Sept. 1, 143 days later and over 3,000 miles, Terry was forced to stop running because cancer appeared in his lungs. The entire nation was saddened and shocked when Terry passed away a year later.

However, to this day, millions of dollars have been raised as many join the annual Terry Fox Cancer Run to help fulfill Terry’s dream.

Owning our story and loving ourselves in the process is the bravest thing we will ever do.” Brene Brown