Thursday, April 14, 2005

Terry, Our Hero

Two days ago Douglas Coupland got together with the Fox family and put out a book called simply "Terry" about the life of Terry Fox, a bone cancer victim with an amputated leg, who ran across the country on a marathon of hope for cancer and managed to raise $24.17 million in research money.

On CBC radio 1, Coupland talked of the kid from British Columbia that was "so average" who inspired him. Terry's good leg was about twice the size of most people, and he was just a person who wanted to make a difference. Apparently the sock that he wore on his artificial leg for the duration of the marathon was found tucked away in the back of a drawer. A woman had told him repeatedly to throw the raggedy thing out but then realized its importance to Terry at this moment. It was worn and caked with rust.

Coupland is my favorite Canadian author and the fact that he wrote this is just one more reason to buy it. All money will go to cancer research.

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3 Comments:

Blogger joe said...

i'm reading all families are psychotic. he is brilliant :)

11:46 PM  
Blogger joe said...

oh, and you can't have my postcards, btw. they're not mine to give...

11:46 PM  
Blogger sirbarrett said...

AFAP is a good one. The title is so true too. The family pulls together and does a good job though. They manage to find that woman who is immune to AIDS. Sarah conceives in space. Yup, Doug's brilliant. I like to call him that. It's as if I know him and we're all caj or something. There's no law that says you have to use people's full name. So yeah.

Umm, could you steal the postcards? Actually, nevermind. I don't want them anymore. It's too late now. No postcards. Time to forget about looking at pretty pictures ever again. Joe won't give BC the postcards he politely asked for. What's not yours can't be mine even if we share. Well Joe, thanks for being honest at least. That takes a real man. No postcards but now I can resolve myself to the fact. I wouldn't want you to be a criminal.

3:05 PM  

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