Downsview S.S. Students Running for Cancer Research…


... in their Terry Fox  Marathon of Hope


The Marathon of Hope is a cross-country run to help raise money for cancer research. The Marathon began in 1980 by Terry Fox (Terrance Fox) who had hoped to raise one dollar for each of Canada's 24 million people. Every year there are runs happening all over Canada to support Terry Fox and those who have suffered or are suffering from Cancer. Here at Downsview Secondary School, we participate in the Marathon of Hope every year!

On September 25, Downsview students ran all the way to Downsview Park from our school and back. Our goal was to raise $700 for cancer research. There were also challenges being held during the run. Students were encouraged to compete in Mr. Wallace's challenge. Mr. Wallace promised to donate $10 for each and every person that was able to beat him back to school, on top of his original donation.

At the end of the race, we had a list of the top five runners who finished first.

In fifth place we had Mr. Wallace, one of Downsview’s English teachers. Fourth place winner was Yvonne Aguto, in Grade 9. Third place winner was Raven in Gr.9. Second place winner was Esinkhoni Abdul, in Grade 9. Lastly, our first place winner was Ileskhoni Abdul, in Grade 10! Way to go Downsview students!

 By participating in this run, we are also raising awareness for cancer and trying to get every staff and student to donate at least one dollar to this cause. Certainly a lot of people have been affected by cancer, whether it was a relative, family member or someone you know. Every dollar counts! Terry Fox’s vision wasn’t only to find a simple cure for cancer but he wanted everyone to be aware of it and to support the cause.

 "We need your help. The people in cancer clinics all over the world need people who believe in miracles. I am not a dreamer, and I am not saying that this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer. I believe in miracles. I have to." – Terry Fox.

Here are some words from Downsview students and teachers about their experience from the Marathon of Hope.

Ms. Polley, Teacher - "This is a superior quality experience. I'm donating over $50. I'm running for my dad who lost his life to cancer. It's the sad reality of life."

Camay, Grade 9 - "I can't believe Terry Fox ran across Canada and I can barely run halfway through Downsview Park!"

 Rene Figueroa, Grade 12 - "Despite difficulties he accomplished his mission which seemed impossible to many people, but in his heart he believed that he could do it. If he could do it, anyone can do it."

 Jason Baksh, Grade 12 - "Ever since I was little I heard of Terry Fox and what he has done and if he can do what he did in the state he was in, it motivates me."

 Davida, Student - "He inspires me because he had cancer and we complain of things every day and he didn't complain of it. He wanted to make a difference with what happened to him, and for me to walk or run it's nothing. I'm healthy, why shouldn't I do it?"

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