On September 26, 2018 the entire SMS Community came together to participate in the 14th Annual SMS Terry Fox Run along Twigg’s Trail.

Twigg’s Trail was built in 2017 thanks to an anonymous donation to honour former SMS teacher Michelle Twigg who passed away from cancer in 2016. This day has special meaning on our campus and it’s amazing to see everyone come out and show their support through participation and donations.

In 1980, Terry Fox began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. He hoped to raise one dollar from each of Canada’s 24 million people. He began with little fanfare from St. John’s, Newfoundland, in April and ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day. Fox had become a national star by the time he reached Ontario; he made numerous public appearances with businessmen, athletes, and politicians in his efforts to raise money. He was forced to end his run outside Thunder Bay when the cancer spread to his lungs. His hopes of overcoming the disease and completing his marathon ended when he died nine months later.

In addition to being the youngest person ever named a Companion of the Order of Canada, Fox won the 1980 Lou Marsh Award as the nation’s top sportsman and was named Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year in both 1980 and 1981. Considered a national hero, he has had many buildings, statues, roads, and parks named in his honour across the country.

Terry Fox Run 2018

Take a moment to watch this inspirational video about Terry Fox.