20 September 2009

Marathon of Hope: Terry Fox legacy

I believe the difference between ordinary people and legends is how each face life and death....especially the latter....ordinary people cant meet death in its eye, they collapse and plunge into an abyss of despair and pessimism (the 'why-did-this-happen-to-me-only' syndrome) while the legends stare at death in the eye and go on to do such deeds that they continue to live in the hearts and minds of generations that follow even after death takes them over.

To me, Terry Fox is a true legend, a true hero.

Imagine this: It is 1977, you are 18 and come to know that you have been diagnosed with terminally-ill bone cancer in your leg. Cancer research is relatively young and the doctor tells you that the only way to stop the cancer from spreading to other parts of your body is by amputating your leg and fixing you with an artificial prosthetic leg. Its bad enough to know that you have only some time left to live (especially when you are just a teenager) and to face disability in the little life left can be earth-shattering.

But not for Fox...what he did next was unbelievable! He trained himself with the prosthetic leg and began the Marathon of Hope in April 1980- he began by dipping his right leg in the Atlantic Ocean on the East coast of Canada...intending to dip it in the Pacific Ocean when he arrived on the West Coast!!!...He planned to run 42 km (26.2 miles) each day...day after day!!! and he wished that all the money raised along the way to be donated for cancer research...Can you imagine the strength , the stamina, the willpower and most importantly, the goodwill to start this Run??? Sadly, his run was cut short when, 143 days. after starting his quest, it was found that his cancer had metastasized to his lungs...in the meantime, he had run 5,373 km or 3,339 miles!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

(Picture taken from here)

Fox died soon after at a tender age of 22..but his Marathon of Hope continues to inspire millions of people worldwide....every year, people raise funds for cancer research by participating in the Terry Fox Run...N and I were able to do our bit this year..we helped some some funds and then participated in the Run/Walk last Sunday (we did the 4 kms walk) and hope to go back again next year!

Terry Fox Run 2009, Burnaby

On 11 July 1980, Fox said 'I am not doing my run to become rich or famous. to me, being famous is not the idea of the run. The only important part is finding a cure for cancer. Don't forget that. I am no different that any of you-- I am no better, no worse. You are cheering and clapping for me but if you have given $1, then you are part of the Marathon of Hope. Even if I don't finish, we need others to continue. Its got to keep going without me'.

To me this is a true legend...he led by example..and he left behind a legacy for mankind (not for any country, not for any religion) but for hope...to me, he truly lives till this day!


17 September 2009

A quick one!

Have been gone for a bit...I didn't expect to notice but a couple of loyal followers did...made me feel so good!!:D

The past two weeks were busy...went for a course-cum-trip to NY/Philadelphia..came back last weekend...walked for the Terry Fox cancer research run last Sunday and then--believe it or not--have been hitting the gym since Monday!...am interested to see how long before this cloud passes but so far so good!!

Did anyone catch the US open men's singles final? Wasn't del Potro unbelievable??I adore Federer but sometimes it feels good to see the underdog win!

Will be back very soon with more,