By Gord Bowes, News staff
Ray Lewis students got to see exactly how their cancer-fighting fundraising helps.
Daisy Mae Hamelinck found out five years ago she was suffering from the same bone cancer that afflicted Terry Fox. She had a tumour the size of a tennis ball in her left knee.
But because of advancements made since Fox’s diagnosis in 1979, she didn’t lose her left leg to the disease.
Hamelinck visited the central Mountain elementary school last Friday as part of a wrap-up for Terry Fox Day.
Now an occasional speaker for the Terry Fox Foundation, she told the students how cancer affected her life and how the money they raised during their recent campaign helps people every day.
Hamelinck, 34, talked about her five surgeries and the endoprosthesis that was implanted in her leg, extending from her thigh through her knee and into her low leg.
She noted she was fortunate that medical advancements made in the 33 years since Fox’s historic attempt to run across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer research.
“If Terry was diagnosed today, he probably wouldn’t have lost his leg and he probably wouldn’t have lost his life,” said Hamelinck.
The 663 students at Ray Lewis, led by organizer Laura Peever far surpassed their goal of $5,000 for their 2013 Terry Fox campaign. As of last Friday’s wrap-up assembly, they had brought in $8,887, raising their total raised since 2013 to $21,638.