Carrying on the legacy of Terry Fox

Terry Fox has become a special tradition in our community, raising awareness about cancer research efforts, and raising money for a very successful childhood leukemia project at Sultan Qaboos University. This year TAISM celebrated our tenth Terry Fox Run, and the theme was ‘TAISM Rocks for Terry Fox’.  Students and staff performed in rock bands, lip syncs, and air bands, and eighteen TAISM staff members ‘rocked’ bald heads following the high school student council Terry Fox Head Shave.  It was an uplifting and meaningful campaign, and our most successful year yet, raising 5,300 Omani Rials.

Terry Fox was a young Canadian who lost his leg to cancer, and decided to run across Canada with an artificial leg to raise money for cancer research. His heroic journey captured the hearts of Canadians. Even though Terry did not complete his Marathon of Hope, he inspired millions of people around the world to continue his legacy.

Each division of TAISM holds lead-up events to raise awareness and money about Terry’s dream of curing cancer. Past fundraisers and events have included t-shirt sales, wrist band sales, coin drives, pep rallies, and the ever-popular  ‘Terry Fox Head Shave’.  The culminating celebration is the all-school Terry Fox Run usually held in December or January, on and around the TAISM campus. Staff and parent volunteers provide support and healthy refreshments after the run.  It is a wonderful way to come together as a community to support families right here in Oman.


 Marathon of Hope

 Y Magazine, February 9, 2017

Some of Muscat’s top teachers aim to raise money for cancer research in memory of a remarkable Canadian.

When Canadian cancer survivor and amputee Terry Fox set off on his historic Marathon of Hope run back in 1980, little did he know the impact his dream would have around the world - even today, nearly 36 years after his death.

At just 18, Terry had lost his leg to cancer and he hoped to raise money for cancer research during an arduous cross-Canada run, which began on April 12, 1980, in St. John’s , Newfoundland.

Averaging 42 kilometers a day, Terry ran for 143 days, or a total of 5, 373 km, before having to give up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A heartbreaking moment; Terry’s cancer had returned and spread to his lungs. He passed away on June 21, 1981 - just a month short of his 23rd birthday. An unlikely hero, he raised millions for cancer research with his Marathon of Hope.

And today, the annual Terry Fox Run is held by thousands of communities around the world, from Canada to the United States, India, Europe and even here in the GCC region, including the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.

Closer to home, The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) recently held its annual Terry Fox event, this year called TAISM Rocks for Terry Fox! Along with a fun run, a number of teachers and students shaved their heads to raise money for leukemia research at Sultan Qaboos University , which is headed by Dr. Zakiya Al Lamki. TAISM has been holding the Terry Fox Run every year since 2008 with the aim of raising awareness about cancer research efforts, as well as funds for children in Oman suffering from cancer. In total, TAISM this year raised RO 5, 300 for Dr. Al Lamki’s leukemia research - the most they have ever achieved. Congratulations!



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