Terry Stanley Fox
Born: July 28, 1958
Died: June 28, 1981
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba
In 1977 Terry Fox was a young athletic kinesiology student at Simon Fraser University.
Finding he had pain in one knee, he was diagnosed as having a form of bone cancer.
Prior to having his leg amputated above the knee, Terry Fox read a story of an amputee who ran in
the New York Marathon.
At the hospital, he felt sorry for those who had related cancer problems, especially the children.
He decided he would make a marathon run across Canada to raise money specifically for cancer research.
With help from the Canadian Cancer Society, Terry Fox began his "Marathon of Hope" run at St. Johns, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980.
Covering 26 miles a day, he continued to run with a hop-skipping motion across six provinces.
When Fox reached Thunder Bay, Ontario, it was discovered the cancer had spread to his lungs.
Promising that he would fight his disease, Fox returned to British Columbia for further rest and treatment.
Canadians responded by pledging to have the run on a yearly basis and numerous contributions started to come in.
No individual in Canada ever had the impact on the status of "hero" as this young man.
The Marathon of Hope idea has spread around the world and it is estimated to have raised over
300 million dollars and still growing.
Prior to his death, Terry Fox was given many awards and recognitions including the Lou Marsh award for athletic
For detailed research and more information, check out the following:
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Terry Fox Humanitarian Award
Simon Fraser University
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