On June 28, Clayton’s Chase de Balinhard turned nine years old.
But it was also another important anniversary for Chase. It’s the day his hero, Terry Fox, lost his battle with cancer.
In what has turned into an annual tradition, Chase celebrated his birthday by holding a fundraiser in Fox’s memory.
On June 28, 1981, at 4:35 a.m., Terry took his final breath, surrounded by the love of his family and his nation. Canadians could not believe that this strong, courageous, man would never run again. Thank you, Terry, for lighting a fire of hope that burns brighter every day. pic.twitter.com/x0qzYhSIkC
— TerryFoxFoundation (@TerryFoxCanada) June 28, 2018
Terry Fox was forced to end his Marathon of Hope on September 1, 1980, when he learned that his cancer had returned and spread to his lungs. He passed away at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster on June 28, 1981. The Terry Fox Run, held in his honour annually since 1981, is now the largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research in the world.
“Chase brought the bag of money to the Terry Fox Foundation in Port Moody where Donna White gave him a hero’s welcome,” said Chase’s mom, Crystal de Balinhard. “[She] introduced him to everyone, showed him the replica leg they had there and gave him many handouts.”
“This lit a fire in him to want to do it again,” she said. “He has waited all year for this.”
— Sam Anderson (@sam_andrsn) June 28, 2018
Chase had his birthday party earlier in June, but wanted to spend his actual birthday throwing another freezie fundraiser.
He and his friends set up shop outside the Clayton Save-on-Foods (18710 Fraser Highway), from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, giving out freezies for a $1 donation to the Terry Fox Foundation.
They raised more than $700.