|EMSB DECLARES APRIL 12 AS TERRY FOX DAY; OTHER BOARDS ENCOURAGED TO DO THE SAME|
MONTREAL, MARCH 27, 2013 – The English Montreal School Board Council of Commissioners has approved a resolution calling for April 12 of each year to be recognized as Terry Fox Day.
EMSB Vice-Chair Sylvia Lo Bianco, who moved the motion, is calling upon school boards across the country and ultimately the Parliament of Canada to do the same thing. “Terry Fox was a national hero for his role in raising money and awareness for cancer research,” she remarked. “To date, over $600 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in his name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.”
Fox began his Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, which explains the significance of the date. On September 1, 1980, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), he was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs. He passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22.
Ms. Lo Bianco credited Eddy Nolan, the caretaker at Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount, for coming up with the idea. Mr. Nolan has played a critical role in every Terry Fox Run which has taken place over the past three decades and raised countless thousands of dollars for cancer research. In a terrible irony, like Fox, he was diagnosed with cancer in recent years and is now in remission.
Michael J. Cohen