By Lyonel Doherty
Oliver high school students had a big incentive to take part in the Terry Fox Run today – the chance to throw a pie in a teacher’s face.
Of course, that teacher had to be Steve Schulting. (Why does he always get roped into these things?)
Student Nathan Christian was the lucky winner and relished the task. Poor Mr. Schulting couldn’t see for all that cream after Christian was done with him.
Today’s assembly began with students quoting Fox during his Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research.
Fox said he got up at 4 a.m. It was tough. But he noted that if he died, he would die happy because he was doing what he wanted to do.
How many people can say that?
He wanted to set an example that would never be forgotten.
Fox felt incredible doing things that were difficult. The pain was there, but it didn’t matter.
Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1958. He was a very active child and joined many sports teams.
At age 18, he was diagnosed with cancer in his right leg. Doctors said his chance for survival was 50 per cent.
Subsequent surgery left him with a prosthetic leg, but that didn’t stop him from joining a wheelchair basketball team.
Fox then dreamed about running across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called it his Marathon of Hope, with the goal of receiving one dollar from every Canadian. He essentially ran a marathon every day until his cancer spread to his lungs (in a tearful admission on a hospital bed).
Fox died in 1981 at the age of 22. He raised $24 million for the cause, proving that one person truly can make a difference. Since then the Terry Fox Foundation has raised $750 million.
Oliver students thanked Fox for his ultimate sacrifice.
Teacher Alison Podmorow admitted the weather was bad (today), but it was nothing compared to the weather Fox had to endure every day.
She pointed out that cancer is being cured in many cases, allowing people to live longer, healthier lives thanks to the research.
Now to the big incentive.
Podmorow said picking a teacher to get a pie in the face wasn’t easy. In fact, it was a tight battle. She said that one teacher, Mr. Baerg, was considered, but then he “probably gets pie in his face all the time, I don’t know.”
In the end, Schulting was the guy to get the cream up his nose.