Fred Fox, brother of Terry Fox, speaks to Estevan schools

Estevan students have been hearing from a sibling of one of Canada’s most celebrated individuals on Monday.

Fred Fox, the older brother of the late Terry Fox, has been appearing at local schools. He started at Sacred Heart School/École Sacré Coeur, and then made his way to Spruce Ridge School, Pleasantdale School and Westview School.

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In his speech, he talks about his brother’s famed Marathon of Hope in 1980, the impact his brother had on other people and the significance of the Terry Fox Foundation, which raises funds for the fight against cancer.

“The big message will be Terry was just an average, ordinary kid,” said Fred Fox. “He said that himself during his Marathon of Hope.”

But Terry Fox worked harder than other people to overcome shortcomings.

“Terry proved that anything is possible if you try,” said Fred.  

He also thanked the schools for their support of the foundation. Each of the schools Fred Fox visited has been involved with the foundation’s school run program for at least 15 years.

“We try to get ourselves not only into the big cities, like Regina or even Toronto, where I was last week, but go across the country and visit small communities,” said Fred.

This is a busy time of year for Fred, since it is the time of year in which Terry Fox Runs are taking place.

Fred noted his mother, Betty, was born in Melita, Man., which is about 90 minutes from Estevan, and he has passed through the Estevan area many times.

Fred will be in Weyburn and Milestone on Tuesday, and Regina on Wednesday, as he continues to promote his brother’s achievements and legacy.

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