Terry Fox & My Five Year Old

Since Lilly started school earlier this month, she has been coming home with newsletters, books and more recently, information on Terry Fox! This was one of those parenting moments that no one can really prepare you for or help you explain it to your child. You just have to do it your way and go with it.

As I explained to Lilly who Terry Fox was and what he did, I got a little choked up. The reason, well my father had tongue cancer about 8 years ago and had major surgery. Luckily, he is going awesome….minus his heart attack last March…he is still doing great!  She had lots of question about Terry’s amputation, how he got better and then got sick again. I explained to her about Grandad’s cancer and the operation he had etc.

So I explained that her school is doing a run/walk and raising money for the Terry Fox Foundation. I again, explained what cancer was (in brief) and that Terry ran across Canada to raise money for Cancer research. We are to collect our nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies and twoonies this week and bring them into the school. I’m hoping to take the time off work to go run/walk with her class as it’s an event that is dear to my heart. The love for my Dad (and family/friends) who have had cancer and the love for being active is kind of a no-brain-er for me to participate and teach my daughter the importance of both.

We got on the phone to my parents the other day and Lilly explained to them that she was doing the Terry Fox run/walk next week. She told them “she was going to run for Terry on Friday and Grandad too”. I’m sure you can figure out our reaction to what she said!

There was a run today from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island – across the Confederation Bridge (13k) which I would have loved to participate but it just didn’t work with our schedule and other events going on this month. Though I missed out on a great event and fundraising cause, I now get to do this with my daughter 🙂

vega spilled

Spilled my vega hydrator everywhere but in my bottle last night 😦

Running/Work Outs:

  • Sunday 13th  – Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 Level 2 (killed my abs) + PT Exercises
  • Monday – 16k Bike Ride + PT exercises
  • Tuesday – Rest Day
  • Wednesday – 13k Bike Ride
  • Thursday – Physiotherapy; 7k Treadmill Run (felt great) + PT Exercises
  • Friday – Rest Day a.k.a. got addicted to “Scandal”
  • Saturday – 10k Treadmill Run (felt great)
  • Sunday 20th – Might do Ripped in 30 again tonight.

That’s about it! I’m still aiming to pace the 1:10 – 10k runners at the Valley Harvest Thanksgiving Weekend (Oct 11th) and so far aiming for the half marathon in PEI Oct 18th. I say I am aiming for it but if I have to drop down to 10k, I will. I’ve learned that this year is just not my year and I have to listen to my body first before I ruin it anymore.

How was your weekend?

Do you participate in any Terry Fox Runs?

Do you participate in your children’s school events?

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11 thoughts on “Terry Fox & My Five Year Old

  1. I really want to do the bridge run one of these years. I am doing a little Terry Fox run/walk at school with my students as well. It’s always amazing to me how engaged they become when you explain Terry’s story to them.

    My weekend was very sneezy and drippy…head cold.

  2. This is so awesome and I love that your daughter is learning about this. I found out about the Terry Fox runs and did my first in NYC last year. It was an incredible event. Free, well organized and they raised a lot of money. I plan to do it again this year.

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