12 – A Moment to Reflect on the Marathon of Hope

Terry Fox is a name known across Canada and the world with countless statues, schools, monuments, buildings and even mountains named after him.  In 1977 Fox lost his right leg to a malignant tumor and was inspired by the story of another amputee runner, which led to him training for what would become known as the ‘Marathon of Hope’ in 1979.  Six months before beginning his cross-Canada journey, Fox writes to the Canadian Cancer Society to support his run: “I’m not a dreamer, and I’m not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to.”  After dipping his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean on April 12, 1980, Fox ran a marathon a day for 143 days, a total of 5 373 kilometres, until he received the news that the cancer had spread to his lungs.  He was forced to cut his marathon short, just outside of Thunder Bay, where this statue stands today.  By May 2014, the Terry Fox Foundation announced that they have raised over $650 million in Fox’s name, to support cancer research.

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Links:

Terry Fox Foundation Official Website

Terry Fox Research Institute Official Website

Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope 35 Years Later by CBC

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