“You started it. We will not rest until your dream to find a cure for cancer is realized”
– By Isadora Sharp, director of the Terry Fox Run
27th February 2011, a still cool morning in Mumbai and we all gathered near the Air India Building to keep the promise which was made to Terry years back. The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive event conducted to raise funds for Cancer Research world over.
The TMF team along with the FOM volunteers, students from different schools, patients from Tata Memorial Hospital, the State DGP D Sivanandan and the energetic Terry Fox India committee members all gathered opposite Air India Building from where the Run was to be flagged off. There were over 2000-3000 kids and about 100 cancer patient who all gathered together for the fight against cancer.
The event was not only meant for fund raising but we also witnessed a great sense of bonding and sharing among everyone. It gives a very optimistic feeling that we are not alone in the fight but are accompanied and guided with many people who all stand together for the cause. The Max Foundation and Friends of Max volunteered to escort the cancer patients who had come from Tata Memorial Hospital throughout the run and see to it that they had no problems and all their needs taken care of.
Before the run started Amma herself a member of the Terry Fox Committee for the last 12 years gave a small introduction to all who had gathered; children from different schools, patients, their caregivers and friends about who Terry Fox was and the objective behind the event.
Tennis player Leander Peas and singer Raageshwari came to cheer and motivate the group.
Once the run got over all gathered at the Brabourne Stadium for snacks and a concluding meeting where the committee members announced the donations which were made towards the Tata Memorial Hospital for cancer research.
It was an amazing experience witnessing the zeal, enthusiasm and positive sprit which everyone carried right from the patients to their caregivers and people associated directly/indirectly to the cause making it very clear that even though it has been 30 years that Terry passed away yet he clearly lives on in spirit for those battling cancer on a daily basis. This is one event the Friends of Max Mumbai Chapter attends every year and this year too saw their excited participation.