The brave Palestinian expat Tareq Al-Saqqa decided to inspire us into coming together for a good cause. Al-Saqqa, who lost his right leg during a workplace accident, took part in the annual “Terry Fox Run”, that was held at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, to help fund cancer research related projects.
Al-Saqqa is a medical engineer based in Abu Dhabi who believes that everything that happens in our lives is actually a “gift of God”. When he lost his right leg back in 2012, he took it as a sign from God to serve others who need help. So, he followed the footsteps of Fox, who also ran on a prosthetic leg and started the “Marathon of Hope”, creating a legacy that continues till this day!
Fed Fox, Terry’s brother and the Manager of Supporter Relations at Terry Fox Foundation, said, “Thousands of people continue to support the mission.” Apart from Al-Saqqa, the event witnessed thousands of residents walking, running, and even cycling as a way to help fund cancer research projects.
“This is the aim of my life. I don’t have cancer but I want to inspire others and give them hope. I want to tell others the need to have a positive approach in life. We need to smile in the face of adversities. I have taken part in other such events. I will continue to take part in more running events,” Al-Saqqa said.