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PODCAST: 9-year-old’s Islander inspires hope for Terry Fox Day

Qualicum Beach’s Emilie van den Hout hosts Darrell Fox at fundraiser
Emilie van den Hout, with Darrell Fox in Qualicum Beach. (Michale Briones photo)

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Host Peter McCully chats with Emilie van den Hout, a remarkable nine-year-old girl from Qualicum Beach, making a significant impact in her community as she continues to raise funds and awareness for cancer research on Terry Fox Day.

“I wish everybody knew how Terry was suffering from cancer and he was suffering through cancer to help other people and to make their experience a bit better,” said Emilie.

Emilie’s dedication and connection with Darrell Fox, Terry’s brother, have also become sources of inspiration. The two have corresponded over the years, exchanging heartfelt messages. Darrell’s encouraging words to Emilie have played a significant role in fueling her passion.

“Dear Emilie, I hope you always find strength in Terry’s story. Anything is possible if you try,” read a touching message from Darrell.

From online campaigns to door-to-door and driveway fundraisers, Emilie has gone above and beyond to contribute to the cause. One standout event was her Terry Fox ‘Fancy Party Gala’ held at the Qualicum Beach Inn, where attendees and guest Darrell Fox enjoyed silent auctions and delectable food. This successful event will become an annual tradition called ‘Friends of Fox.’

Through her various endeavors, Emilie has raised $11,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, with the continued support of her family organizing unique driveway fundraisers where she sold cookies, water, dog treats and bracelets.

‘I have all the T-shirts. I got most of them through the Terry Fox Foundation,” said Emilie. “A woman sent them to me and said, ‘a special friend of mine would like to send these to you.’ I’m pretty sure that was probably Darrell.

To stay updated on Emilie’s fundraising initiatives and participate in future events, visit her website at

Emilie’s unwavering commitment to Terry Fox’s legacy is a testament to the enduring impact of one person’s determination to make a difference.

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Peter McCully

About the Author: Peter McCully

Peter has been a broadcaster and publisher on both of Canada’s coasts and has owned a small newspaper and run an advertising agency along the way.
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