FOX FRIEND ALWARD CHANGED CANADA
To Orwell Today,
re: TERRY'S FRIEND DOUG CARRIES TORCH
Dear Ms Jura,
Thank you for giving permission for McGraw-Hill Ryerson to use the photo of Doug Alward in the first edition of the Interpersonal Communication textbook (chapter 12) -- a copy of which has been sent for your records.
Thank you so much for sending a copy of McGraw-Hill's 2014 First Edition INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION textbook containing the photo I took of Terry Fox's best friend, Doug Alward, carrying the Olympic torch -- and for citing ORWELL TODAY in the endnotes.
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: THE WHOLE STORY
by Kory Floyd & Robert L Ballard
DOUG ALWARD -- THE MAN WHO CHANGED CANADA
Have you ever heard of Doug Alward? Chances are you haven't, but you have probably heard of Terry Fox, the man who attempted to run across Canada to raise funds for cancer. Although Terry did not complete his trek across Canada, he did run for 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, raising over $23 million and inspiring generations in our country in the Marathon of Hope.
But Terry would have never made it without Doug. Doug was Terry's best friend. They first met when they were 11 years old. And when Terry first mentioned to his friend, Doug, about his desire to run across Canada to raise awareness for cancer, Doug thought Terry was crazy! But because of his friend's passion and dedication, Doug agreed to not only support Terry, but also drive the van as Terry ran.
This was no easy task. Doug and Terry lived in a beige Ford Econoline camper van for their entire trip. Doug woke Terry up at 5 a.m. every day. He drove the van one mile at a time and would wait for Terry to catch up. He made the meals, kept track of distance, did the laundry, and performed all the other tasks Terry needed.
There were ups and downs, with times Doug and Terry didn't want to be around each other and even stopped talking to each other. In fact, Terry's brother Darrell had to join them to help manage conflicts! Even still, Doug stuck by Terry, and was the one who drove Terry to the hospital in Thunder Bay, Ontario, when Terry could no longer continue because his cancer had returned.
Terry influenced Doug with his determination, passion, dedication, and friendship. But Doug also influenced Terry. Terry could not have made his inspiring run without Doug. He gave Terry what he needed to run, sleep, eat, and be healthy for as long as he could. Doug's friendship, support, and interpersonal influence changed Canada.
For his efforts, Doug has been called an "unsung hero" and was invited to carry the 2010 Olympic Torch. In honour of his friend, Doug carred the torch in the Port Coquitlam, BC, suburb where he and Terry grew up together....
~ end quoting McGraw-Hill textbook ~
There's no doubt about it that Terry Fox is Canada's much-loved hero -- a person world-renowned for his spirit and his legacy -- and it's also true that unsung-hero Doug Alward was a driving force -- in more ways than one -- behind the force that was Terry Fox.
All the best,
Endnotes Chapter 12: Jura, J (2010) Terry's friend Doug carries torch, Orwell Today. Available at www.orwelltoday.com/foxterrystatuedougalward2.shtml
TERRY FOX ATLANTIC WATER JUG
INUKSHUK & TERRY FOX STATUES
FOX FRIEND ALWARD CHANGED CANADA
CANADA'S KOREAN WAR TRAIN WRECK
TERRY FOX NEWFIE VODKA
CLIMBING TERRY FOX MOUNTAIN
TERRY FOX MONUMENTAL PERSON
LOOKING 4 TERRY FOX MOUNTAIN
MY TERRY FOX MEMORIES
TERRY'S FRIEND DOUG CARRIES TORCH
HONOUR TERRY FOX NOT LENIN-MAO
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