You all know who Terry Fox is. What you may not know is that he was an SFU student pursuing a degree in Kinesiology when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. This eventually led to his beginning the Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research, during which he traveled the equivalent distance of a marathon on a daily basis.
Long story short, he is now seen as one of Canada’s greatest heroes, memorialized in dozens of different ways across the country, and the annual run inspired by his journey has gained global participation and has raised over half a billion dollars to date for cancer research.
Every year, SFU honours his memory by holding a Terry Fox Run of its own, with various teams competing to raise the most money, and to field the largest group of runners. In BPK, we take this competition seriously since Terry called our department home. We always endeavour to win these fundraising and participation contests because, even though in the end it’s about raising money and helping the fight against cancer, it’s still nice to show the University community that we, as BPK majors, are particularly proud of Terry’s legacy.
Despite being a relatively small department compared to some of those in the Faculty of Science, which is itself a relatively small faculty, BPK has frequently won both the fundraising and participation contests, and it is our goal every year to do so. This is, in part, due to the efforts of Craig Asmundson, a former professor of BPK 142. Craig’s a cancer survivor himself, and the ongoing team captain of BPK’s Terry Fox team.
Participate in the Terry Fox run and be a part of something larger than yourself! Help show the University that BPK is proud of what Terry accomplished, and what he continues to accomplish through the charity that bears his name.