"The running I will do, even if I have to crawl every last mile."
|25 Nov 2015|
|WM Winter 2013 edition|
"I could not leave knowing these faces and feelings would still exist, even though I would be set free from mine. Somewhere this hurting must stop... and I am determined to take myself to the limit for this cause. The running I will do, even if I have to crawl every last mile."
Thank you to all those involved in this year’s Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research and PTO Welcome Back Barbeque.
This year, over 850 participants came to the school and had a wonderful day helping to raise awareness for the need to nd a cure for cancer, as well as raising funds to support this cause. In the end we raised over 11,000 Euros school wide which will be donated directly to cancer research here in Romania.
Thank you also to all the members of the AISB community who supported the run by generously giving time, money, and products to the cause– students, teachers, parents, the PTO, the maintenance and cleaning sta , as well as numerous corporate sponsors. And special thanks to the Boy Scouts who cleaned the trail.
It was a very special day at AISB, not only because of the great number of runners and the funds raised for cancer research but also because in the midst of all the runners were 4 children from the Association P.A.V.E.L. - Ionela, Mihai, Andreea and Vasilica were warmly welcomed by the whole AISB community during the warm-up before the run.
They personally thanked all those participating for their help and e ort and Mihai sang a Romanian song, which moved many of us listening.
With the help of Mrs. Cacicovschi, Mrs. Hofman and two care givers from P.A.V.E.L., the kids participated in the Terry Fox Run and walked part of the track through the forest. They had lots of fun and clearly impressed with all the runners and the track monitors who cheered them on!
Below is a “Thank You” email from the 4 kids:
“Thank to you for your kind invitation and thank you all for the wonderful time spent at American School. It’s was a great occasion to share your commitment for a noble cause. It’s was also an opportunity to share our concerns about education and social needs of children and youngsters with cancer with teachers and the HS Service Learning coordinator. Our children were happy to be in your community and loved the school and the students. Everybody was very friendly to them.”
News and speci c activities about the P.A.V.E.L. education project can be found on Facebook and website: www.facebook.com/Scoala.de.Spital and http://www.scoala-de-spital.ro
When preparing to get support for his run Terry Fox wrote a letter outlining his motivation. Part of it reads: "As I went through the 16 months
of the physically and emotionally draining ordeal of chemotherapy, I was rudely awakened by the feelings that surrounded and coursed through the cancer clinic. There were faces with the brave smiles, and the ones who had given up smiling. There were feelings of hopeful denial, and the feelings of despair. My quest would not be a selfish one. I could not leave knowing these faces and feelings would still exist, even though I would be set free from mine. Somewhere this hurting must stop... and I am determined to take myself to the limit for this cause. The running I will do, even if I have to crawl every last mile."
Sadly, Terry Fox gave his life while trying to help others. Wonderfully, his dream continues to live on through the e orts of our school community. Thank you for contributing.
Read the entire WORLD Magazine Winter 2013 here.
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