Friday, September 18, 2020
It's just over a year ago that Nova Scotia was slammed by Hurricane Dorian. I was living in a rural area and was without power for 9 days due to the massive number of trees blown not power lines. Now we are under another hurricane watch, Teddy is set to come our way on Tuesday, at this stage of the forecast it will hit the Atlantic coast of the province with both wind and heavy rain. This time I am in a new locale, on city water and with buried power lines so the experience will be much different. Although on the coast my community is sheltered by two large offshore islands, the real preparation work will happen at the wharf which is home to a large fleet of lobster and tuna vessels. It will be interesting watching the activity over the weekend, it is all new to me.
Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run for cancer research. In April of 1980 Terry Fox began his run across Canada; he was a one legged cancer survivor, just 22 years old. He dipped the toe of his prosthetic foot into the Atlantic Ocean in St. John's, Newfoundland and then for the next 143 days he "hopped" a full marathon distance daily. Sadly, when he reached Thunder Bay, Ontario his cancer had returned and had spread to his lungs. He had to stop his quest but eloquently asked that others continue his mission. Every year since folks have raised funds across the country on the 3rd weekend of September by walking, running, cycling in his honour. This year the run is virtual but the response has not diminished.
Whatever your cause or personal reason get outdoors this weekend and move, it's the last two days of Summer for most of us, let's make the most of it!