After his father introduced him, Lyle Fox stood up.
His left foot still bandaged, he carried his 6-foot 5-inch and 225-pound frame across the stage to the podium, where he laid out his speaking notes.
He looked down and remained silent. The audience, who had gathered at the gymnasium at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (DFC) to hear him after he began walking from Sioux Lookout to Thunder Bay, could only watch as the young man pursed his lips, took two deep breaths, and pursed his lips again. Still he did not speak.
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