|TWENTY NINE EMSB SCHOOLS TO COMMEMORATE TERRY FOX MARATHON OF HOPE|
MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 15, 2005- Twenty-nine schools from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Terry Fox’s inspirational Marathon of Hope on Friday, Sept. 16.
A special Terry Fox National School Run Day is being held to raise funds for cancer research. This will be part of the more than 10,000 runs that are being held simultaneously in schools across the country, in which more than 3.3 million students are expected to participate. The EMSB schools that are involved in the event are: the Mackay Centre in N.D.G.; St. John Bosco in Ville Emard; Pierre Elliott Trudeau in Rosemount; St. Raphael and Our Lady of Pompei in Ahuntsic; Lester B. Pearson High School and Frederick Banting in Montreal North; Westmount Park and Roslyn School in Westmount; Carlyle and Dunrae Gardens in TMR; Cedarcrest Holy Cross and Gardenview in St.Laurent; Dalkeith in Anjou; Edinburgh, Elizabeth Ballantyne School and Royal West Academy in Montreal West; Edward Murphy in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve; Hampstead; Merton and John Grant High School in Côte St. Luc; John Paul I Junior High School in St. Léonard; McLearon l in Pointe Aux Trembles; Rosemount High School; Royal Vale in NDG; Sinclair Laird in Park Extension; and St. Dorothy in St. Michel.
Also, CBC Television will be doing a live broadcast of the event across Canada, in which the fundraising efforts of Roslyn School caretaker Eddie Nolan will be spotlighted.
EMSB schools have been involved with the Terry Fox Run since its inception in September of 1981, and have raised thousands of dollars for cancer research not only through runs and walkathons, but also with bake sales, t-shirt sales, variety shows, coin donation boxes and teacher challenges.
The annual Terry Fox Run will take place on September 18 in over 1,000 towns and cities in Canada and over 50 countries around the world. So far, over $360 million has been raised through this event.
Terry Fox, a youth from BC who lost his leg to cancer, launched his Marathon of Hope run across Canada in St. John’s, Newfoundland in April of 1980 in order to raise funds to benefit cancer research. He was forced to cut it short five months later in Thunder Bay, Ontario when his cancer reoccurred. He died in June of 1981 at the age of 22.
Michael J. Cohen