Day 25 – Giving Thanks
Today – I am thankful.
I am thankful for many things today. I am thankful for everything that I have been given, the opportunities I have had, for love and for health. Not everyone is as lucky as I have been and today made me reflect on just what a ‘good hand’ I have been dealt in life.
Today, at work, we celebrated how one person’s dream can make a change – we celebrated Terry Fox. The Terry Fox Run took over our school for a few hours – and in that time frame collectively we celebrated the greatness in starting small to make a big difference.
For those who aren’t familiar with Terry Fox – here’s a short recount of just how great he was. He was a man with a dream and a man who for all reasons should have given up. He was diagnosed with cancer in his leg when he was only 18 years old and learned that it would be amputated. He decided instead to run across Canada to raise money to help to find a cure for cancer – a goal that started with raising $1 million, then $10 million and finally he hoped to raise $1 for every Canadian (approximately $24 million). And run he did – with only one leg (and a poor prosthesis) he ran almost 42 km per day for 143 days consecutively – that’s 5,373 km in total (only taking one day off to swim and visit with another boy with the same cancer he had). He didn’t have support from the beginning, but he kept going, and spoke to everyone who would listen and spoke even when people didn’t listen. Eventually they did.
I am thankful that he started his run despite the fact that he would never finish his goal of making it all the way across Canada, because the cancer he had, spread to his lungs and ultimately took his life. However, he did reach his goal for fundraising to help find a cure – without realizing how starting small can lead to big changes – he has far surpassed what he set out to do. And his legacy continues. Throughout all of these 32 years since he made his attempt – the Terry Fox Foundation has raised over $500 million.
wow – one dream…changed lives
When I think of what we are doing here to try to raise money for the Children’s Surgical Centre – I can easily see that a little goes a long way. All donations, big and small truly changes lives for the people of Cambodia who need the CSC to survive. I am sure that Dr. Jim’s (founder) dream for the CSC started out small, but when you realize how many people it effects and how many people need our help – you can’t stop. You’ve got to keep going.
You can be the change today.