AISB Hosts the 16th Edition of the Annual Marathon of Hope

Terry Fox Run 2016On September the 3rd at 10:30 the 16th annual Terry Fox Run will be held at the school, followed by the PTO welcome back BBQ. This is a fantastic family event where the whole school community comes together in order to raise funds and support the research for a cure for cancer.

Terry Fox was a young man from British Columbia in Canada. At the age of 18 he was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have his right leg amputated six inches above his knee. While in hospital in 1980, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.

With one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. His run became known as the Marathon of Hope. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 km, and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy: the Terry Fox Run.

The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive event (run, jog, or walk) to raise funds to support the research towards a cure for cancer. It is the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research, with runs occurring in over 60 countries.

For more information, please watch the short video about Terry on YouTube, here

On Saturday, the 3rd of September, our community will celebrate Terry’s legacy and help to keep his dream of a cure for cancer alive. To date, AISB has raised over 160,000 Euros. The funds raised will be donated to The Oncology Institute in Cluj (; as we have done in previous years.

We would like to encourage every student to fill in their pledge sheet that will be sent home and to find lots of family members, friends and others to sponsor them on their run/walk. All Elementary School pledge sheets that have been filled out, together with the money raised, should be handed to the homeroom teachers by Thursday the 1st of September.

Following the run (which is approximately 5km through the forest across from the school) the PTO will host a BBQ. We do hope that our entire AISB community will participate and support this great cause.

“I’m not a dreamer, and I’m not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to. I just wish people would realize that anything is possible if they try; dreams are made if people try.” – Terry Fox

For any further information or questions, please contact either Matt Magowan, Elementary School activities coordinator, David Hughes, Secondary school activities director, or Margritha Hofman, whole school Service coordinator.

Guests are invited to attend. Please send all full names to Rucsandra Obretin, Public Relations Assistant at by 12:00 on Friday, September 2nd with the subject: Terry Fox Run Guests. Guests will be required to park outside the school campus and present identification at the gate. Only those with names on the list will be granted access.

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