I Believe in Miracles Because I Have To
I watched the Terry Fox Story a few months ago. There is a line in it that was a personal message for me and I believe for all of us. It was when Terry said, “I believe in miracles because I have to.” Terry would need that belief in something outside of his own limited human understanding for what he felt called to do. He would run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
Terry had to trust in something more than himself. He understood that his humanity alone would not be enough to stand up against his many critics. You are living in a fantasy world. You’re a dreamer. How can you expect to run across Canada with one leg and the other one being a prosthetic leg? It’s too dangerous. You should have your head examined. Yet, Terry didn’t listen to those who believed he was a dreamer. He pressed on where many would have given up. And in his unflagging determination he proved the skeptics wrong.
Terry ran 3,339 miles across Canada. He with the help of a telethon on C.T.V. government donations, and the support of fellow Canadians met his goal of raising one dollar for every Canadian. Over 24.1 million dollars was raised for cancer research. The Terry Fox Foundation has gone on to raise over 600 million dollars.
Terry inspired us all with his Marathon of Hope. We rejoiced with him as the spirit of hope rose within us. Many started thinking if Terry can do it, so can I. If Terry can fight 143 days against pain with every step on his artificial leg and even as his stump bleeds, then I too can fight cancer. I can make a difference in the lives of others by reaching beyond my own pain to the suffering of others.
Terry’s dream of running across Canada ended just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario. That young man with hope burning in his heart that he could beat his cancer had to stop running, because cancer had now spread to his lungs.
I recall as a teenager of 17 crying as I saw those so many news reports that Terry’s cancer had taken a turn for the worse. I have no doubt that millions wept around the world. Even now as I write this piece, I revisit that sorrowful time. Then, in my sadness I remember that image of Terry dipping his artificial leg into the Atlantic ocean as he began his Marathon of Hope. He stands tall. Hope is alive in him. The dreamer is going to prove his skeptics wrong.
I hope Terry’s spirit of hope for a day when a cure will be found for all types of cancer speaks to your heart. Terry was only one man, but what a determined young man he was. For those battling cancer and many who had given up hope, Terry by his example inspired them to not give up, to keep fighting. Let Terry speak to your heart through one of his own journal entries.
“That’s the thing about cancer. I’m not the only one, it happens all the time to people. I’m not special. This just intensifies what I did. It gives it more meaning. It’ll inspire more people… I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try. When I started this Run, I said that if we all gave one dollar, we’d have $22 million for cancer research, and I don’t care, man, there’s no reason that isn’t possible. No reason.”
Let Terry’s hope give you strength today. And who knows? You may even believe in miracles too not because you have to, but rather because you want to.
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