Four West Island youth carry Terry Fox’s torch to Washington

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by Rhonda Massad

“We keep his message of hope with us as we run.”

Terry Fox, one of Canada’s greatest ambassadors, inspired awareness and raised funds for cancer research as well as moved four young men from the West Island to carry on his legacy this summer. Aidan Yardley-Jones, Akshay Grover, Marc-André Blouin and Matthieu Blouin, all from Pierrefonds, set out on Canada Day to carry Fox’s torch to Washington, DC from Montreal.

With a goal of 25 k per day each in relay, with the total of 1000 k for the team, they hope to land in Washington on July 10. “We need your donations and your support,” Blouin told West Island Blog in a recent interview. “We want to make this run not only an experience but an effective humanitarian donation.”

“We need your donations and your support,” Blouin told West Island Blog in a recent interview. “We want to make this run not only an experience but an effective humanitarian donation.”

The boys are of the mindset that if Fox could run 40 k per day, after a battle with cancer that cost him his leg, they could do 15k less for the ten days it will take them to get to their destination.The White House Runners, Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, Pierrefonds, West Island Blog, Rhonda Massad,

“The heat is a bit of barrier,” Blouin explained, “but we’re making out well. Muscle soreness and sore knees are hitting us as well.”

As of today the boys are more than half way to Washington and have raised more than $4,500 for the cause.

“Americans are happy to hear about the run and actively listen to what we’re trying to do,” Blouin said. “ We are working to spread Terry Fox’s legacy on an international level and inspire the youth of today.”

Follow them on Facebook @The White House Runners.

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