MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 – Eddy Nolan, a hero and leader at Roslyn Elementary School and in the local community will be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal by Member of Parliament for Westmount/Ville Marie Marc Garneau on Wednesday, November 14 (10 a.m.) at Roslyn Elementary School (4699 Westmount Avenue).
Nolan, the longtime caretaker at Roslyn Elementary School introduced the Terry Fox Run to students 11 years ago. In that time, the school has raised over $225,000 for the foundation. Inspired by Terry Fox, Nolan has tirelessly advocated for the Terry Fox Foundation through the running of 54 marathons in his lifetime.
Sadly, the battle against cancer became an all too real scenario for Nolan. He has lost two sisters to cancer and in January 2011, he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer. Despite his diagnosis, he has since completed three marathons, including a special run on April 12, 2012 where he ran a marathon down Sherbrooke Street to honour the start of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope in 1980. At the time of that run, he had an ulcer and a feeding tube.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal that was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.