The Lawrence E. Regan Memorial Trophy is presented annually to a highly dedicated individual who has made an outstanding humanitarian contribution to the Terry Fox Humanitarian Program.
Dr. Kelly McCaul, M.D. (1987 – 1991)
Looking back now it’s been over 20 years since I opened that envelope and read the letter that would change my life. What a tremendous honour. What an awesome responsibility. Such big footsteps to try and follow in.
My name is Kelly McCaul and I received the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award in 1987, the fifth year the award was given. I received the award in my third year at the University of Alberta and it enabled me to finish my undergraduate degree and to attend Medical School at Queen’s. I am now a doctor at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where I practice in the field of bone marrow transplant and blood disorders.
When John Rocha told me that my donation has inspired a new program called One More Award, I was happily surprised. John then asked me if the program could tell my story in the hopes of inspiring other program alumni to give. Of course I eagerly agreed to help in any way I could, but since then I’ve wondered about how this message would come across. I don’t think my gift is deserving of any great praise or thanks. I look at it as simply passing on what I was given to someone else – kind of a “pay it forward” idea. When I read the stories of this year’s recipients and realized that one of them might not have received the Award without the additional funds I provided, it made me feel really good. I don’t want you to be inspired by my gift. I hope that you’ll be inspired by the stories of other deserving recipients and give what you can if you wish.
I know that I can never measure up to Terry Fox. I still wonder if I have done enough in my life to deserve earning an award of such merit representing such important ideals. By donating enough to create One More Award, I hope that I can partially repay the ongoing debt of gratitude I feel toward the program.
I would like to extend my thanks to Lorne Davies for his tremendous leadership of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award and for telling me of his wish for just “one more award”, to the Board for their stewardship, and to John Rocha, my fellow alum, for chairing this campaign. I feel honoured to be a member of such an illustrious group of alumni who inspire me with your collective commitment to the ideals Terry Fox represented.