by Varad Mehta, Centennial Journalism
Stanley Rapkin, a member of the Rotary Club of North York, helped organized Sunday’s Terry Fox Run at Gibson Park. Fifteen years ago, Rapkin was diagnosed with testicular cancer which resulted in partial amputation. Rapkin says the Terry Fox Run is a Canadian tradition because Fox was a Canadian and much of the runs occur in Canada, but now Canadians all over the world are spreading the awareness for cancer and the funds needed for cancer research are being brought in. Terry Fox was running through Yonge Street in 1980, when Rapkin saw him surrounded by a mob of people who cheered his bravery.
“Cancer is the kind of thing that creeps in silently, you only really feel the pain once it’s progressing beyond the initial stages,” he tells Centennial Journalism’s Varad Mehta. Listen to his interview here.