Leg-acy of Hope


Lakeshore Catholic High School Principal Glenn Gifford visited St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School this week to show a replica of Terry Fox’s leg to students. The visit capped off students’ participation in the annual Terry Fox School Run.

You may not know the name Bill Vigars, but in his own way, he played an important role in Canadian history.

Vigars was a friend of Terry Fox, and became the publicity manager for the Marathon of Hope when Fox decided to run across Canada. He drove the van Fox hopped alongside from Newfoundland to Thunder Bay, when he received the news his cancer had returned and he could no longer continue.

On October 4, Vigars visited Lakeshore Catholic High School with a replica of Fox’s leg, to show students there how heavy and awkward the prosthesis was, and to give them a greater understanding of how remarkable an athlete Fox had to have been to complete a marathon a day for 143 days.

On Thursday, Lakeshore Catholic High School principal Glenn Gifford took the leg to St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School and St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School in Port Colborne, so students in his family of schools could also learn this very valuable lesson.

The visits took place only a few days after the national Terry Fox School Run day, September 29.

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