Terry Fox – 25 years ago today.

12 04 2005

25 years ago today a young man from Port Coquitlam BC, began a cross country run to raise money and awareness for cancer research.  The big difference was that he only had one leg.  He had already lost one to cancer already.  On April 12, 1980 he dipped his leg in the Atlantic ocean and began his Marathon of Hope.  Now, 25 years later, there are runs across the country to honor him, a mountain named in his honor, schools everywhere with his name, and even a newly minted Canadian Dollar coin with his likeness. To date, his run has raised over 360 million dollars. Terry Fox (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) is a household name, even to many kids that never knew him, or saw him.   I watched him on the news, I felt his pain when he ran through driving rain, and when he had to stop for treatment.  It broke my heart to hear that his run was cut short on September of that same year, as we heard that the cancer had spread to his lungs.  While he never finished the run, Canadians around the world have picked up the torch, and carried further than even Terry could imagine.  Terry was a Canadian hero.

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