The Man Behind the Marathons:
How Ron Calhoun Helped Terry Fox and Other Heroes Make Millions for Charity
By Elaine Cougler
When Ron Calhoun was born in 1933 no one guessed his incredible life become history of a different kind. Growing up on a farm during the Great Depression and World War II, Ron learned early the lesson of helping others. His grandfather opened his root cellar full of the family’s farm-grown vegetables to hungry neighbours, with no money needed in return. Ron became a volunteer 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 fought 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 the story of how one dedicated volunteer truly can make a difference.
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Elaine Cougler is the award-winning author of historical novels about the lives of settlers in the Thirteen Colonies who remained loyal to Britain during the American Revolution. She uses the backdrop of the conflict for page-turning fictional tales where the main characters face torn loyalties, danger and personal conflicts. Her Loyalist trilogy comprises The Loyalist’s Wife, The Loyalist’s Luck and The Loyalist Legacy, all available on Amazon.
Her latest work is Amazon #1 Bestseller The Man Behind the Marathons: How Ron Calhoun Helped Terry Fox and Other Heroes Make Millions for Charity. Byron native, Ronald G. Calhoun, was the chair of the Canadian Cancer Society team who managed the Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox’s run in 1980. Ron also managed the Jesse’s Journey walk across Ontario and later across Canada, as well as Steve Fonyo’s Journey for Lives and the blind Ken McColm’s Incredible Journey across Canada. Ron’s honours are many and well deserved. Elaine is delighted and humbled to be the author of this important book, a different kind of Canadian history.
Elaine leads writing workshops and speaks about her books to many groups. Through her two websites she blogs about the writing and reading world and more. She lives in Ontario with her husband. They have two grown children.
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Book Title: The Man Behind the Marathons: How Ron Calhoun Helped Terry Fox and Other Heroes Make Millions for Charity
Author: Elaine Cougler
Publication Date: June 15th 2019
Publisher: Peache House Press
Page Length:169 Pages
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