Terry Fox, our enduring Canadian hero

Terry Fox Run for cancer research with image of Terry Fox

Everyone needs a hero. They inspire us and motivate us to be the best we can be – and to help us make our communities the best they can be.

Terry Fox is one such hero. He came from a modest background. He lost a leg to cancer and, sadly, only lived for 22 years. And yet he is perhaps the most universally admired Canadian in recent history. He showed that making a lasting difference was possible for anyone, no matter what their particular circumstances.

Terry’s spirit is something OPSEU/SEFPO members can very easily relate to. It’s been a tough time to be a front-line worker during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve been constantly amazed and truly inspired by the ordinary, daily heroism that so many of our members have shown. It’s what we do.

On September 19, hundreds of thousands of Canadians from coast to coast to coast will walk, ride, wheel and run to raise funds for cancer research. They’ll be sponsored by hundreds of thousands more. This show of generosity, concern and unity is a win any way you look at it – and it’s Terry’s enduring legacy.

To all those taking part in the Terry Fox Run, we say a big thank you. Like Terry, you’re doing your small part to make a big difference.

In solidarity,

OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer