The Man Behind the Marathons by Elaine Cougler (61)

This is a book about how Ron Calhoun helped Terry Fox and Other Heroes Make Millions for Charity.

Before reading this book, I had no idea that Ron Calhoun helped Terry Fox as much as he did. Terry Fox was such an inspiration to me as I was growing up. And when he passed away, his legacy definitely lived on in my mind and heart.

I took part in many a Terry Fox run in Toronto which I was living there. It was a time when I can push myself past my comfort zones, just as Terry Fox did!

Ron Calhoun was a volunteer who loved to help people, especially people who were sick and needed financial assistance. He was no stranger to tragedy either.

When Ron Calhoun was born in 1933, no one guessed where his incredible life would take him. Growing up on a firm during the Great Depression and World War II, Ron learned early the lesson of helping others. His grandfather opened his root cellar full of family’s family-grown veggies to hungry neighbours with no money needed in return.

Ron then became a volunteer himself in many organizations over the years, starting the Ladies Great Ride for Cancer and becoming the National Special Events Chair for the Canadian Cancer Society. He is most famous for being the man behind the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope. Indeed, he developed that iconic phrase.

Fighting his own personal demons as the years went on, Ron managed to make his considerable mark as the man behind Steve Fonyo’s Journey for Lives, Ken McColm’s Incredible Journey, and John and Jesse Davidson’s Jesse’s Journey. This is a story how one man can make a huge difference in the lives of people.

I loved this book. I will be buying the book for my home library. It is so motivating and inspiring and shows that we can do anything if we put our minds and hearts to it.

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