In 1980 our young Canadian hero, Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox decided to run across Canada in order to draw awareness and raise funds for cancer research. With one artificial leg (his right leg was amputated), Terry courageously ran his "Marathon of Hope" beginning in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980. Determined to reach his goal, Terry bravely headed west, while gaining admiration, friends and support along the way. However, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi) due to the cancer spreading, Terry was forced to stop his journey just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Sadly, Terry was not able to continue his run, as his condition began to deteriorate. Terry lost his battle with cancer on June 28, 1981 at only 22 years of age. Today the "Terry Fox Run" is held annually in Canada as well as several other countries around the world. Over $550 million (and continually growing....) has been raised in Terry's name worldwide.
Thank you Terry!
Terry Fox, Marathon of Hope clip.
“I don’t feel that this is unfair. That’s the thing about cancer. I’m not the only one, it happens all the time to people. I’m not special. This just intensifies what I did. It gives it more meaning. It’ll inspire more people. I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try; dreams are made possible if you try." - Terry Fox