40th Anniversary Terry Fox Run a Tremendous Success
Sunday, September 20th, marked the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope; such a milestone year set during these challenging pandemic times. News of a “virtual event” raised concern last spring as we questioned the success of our flagship community event happening at a distance. But any concern proved unfounded as this year’s Windsor/King’s-Edgehill Terry Fox Run shattered all previous cancer research fundraising efforts and provided a meaningful opportunity for everyone near and far to contribute to the success of this event.
Day students and faculty embraced the “One Day. Your Way.” approach by taking part in their own neighbourhoods or favourite locations; their enthusiasm and creativity were clearly evident in the photos they submitted of their families, friends and pets. It was terrific to note that recent graduates and long-time alumni laced up for the event too. How wonderful that Margaret Rock (Edgehill Class of 1963) participated in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, as did Class of 2020 AlumEva Redmond in Gander, Newfoundland & Labrador. JoAnne Hare (Class of 1995) organized the run in Hubbards, Nova Scotia, where two of our youngest students, Brin Lloyd and Isaac Woodworth, took part. As well, David Andrews (Class of 1966) designed and ran his own route in Smith’s Cove, Nova Scotia.
Boarders in our “campus bubble” enjoyed a wonderful celebration on-site: the 5K route designed by cross-country coach Phillip Hadley was a scenic workout over grassy trails and challenging hills. Masks and social distancing didn’t lessen the enthusiasm on campus as Ms. Cummings launched the anniversary event by having 12 inches of her hair cut off and donated to a cancer patient in need. What a wonderful gesture! Judy DesRoches (Head of the female residence), Stephanie Choat (one of Ms. Cummings’ dance students) and Glen Faucher (Assistant Headmaster of Student Life) cut her locks only minutes before she and her faculty colleague Jonathan Cheverie led all participants in a dancercise warm-up. The crowd lingered at the post-run barbecue listening to the beautiful outdoor music concert organized by prefect Victoria Dubois. What incredible talent! Special thanks are extended to all participants and the many student and staff volunteers who made this year’s Terry Fox Run such a success. Although donations for cancer research continue to come in, this year’s impressive contribution has already surpassed $26,000, placing us in contention for the top fundraising site in the province. I wondered how this was all possible but reports of incredible student fundraising efforts [$2186 Alison MacLean (Grade 6); $1175 Thane Morgan (Grade 11); $800 William Ahern (Grade 11)and others] make sense of it all.
Heartfelt thanks go out to all who gave so generously or fundraised online. At KES we are proud to keep Terry’s dream alive and know that our efforts are making a difference. Congratulations to all involved!
Working together to outrun cancer,
Junior School Director
Windsor Terry Fox Run Organizer
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