Keeping Terry’s dream alive
Terry Fox’s brother speaks at Port Williams event
Fred Fox peers into an eager group of runners crowding around a start line in front of the Port Pub.
He’s been at countless Terry Fox events raising money for cancer research in the name of his little brother’s legacy. And his heart fills with pride every single time.
“It’s amazing… that’s what Terry wanted. He thought when he left Newfoundland he’d raise $1 million. That’s what was his goal, and then that goal changed to $1 for every Canadian – 24 million people,” said Fox, who was the guest of honour at a Terry’s Warm Up run and walk hosted in Port Williams Sept. 16.
The Terry Fox Foundation’s website says Fox had his right leg amputated six inches above the knee as a result of a malignant tumour in March 1977, and Terry’s dreams of running were inspired by an article he read about an amputee runner the night before his surgery.
Terry’s legendary Marathon of Hope started in St. John’s, Newfoundland April 12, 1980.
Fox says Terry was always driven in pursuit of a goal, no matter how much time or energy it would require.
“He was always determined, that’s for sure,” the British Columbia resident recalls.
“Mom tells a story about him being four years old and trying to make a pyramid out of wooden blocks, and not giving up on that … he’s always been the one to try the hardest and give the most of what he had.”
There would be no denying the Canadian icon’s tenacity after Terry spanned six provinces, covering 5,373 kilometres in 143 days with an artificial leg during his Marathon of Hope.
“Terry was out there running a marathon every day for 143 days,” says Fox, noting that his brother covered an average distance of 42 km per day.
More than $715 million has been
go online Learn more about The Terry Fox Foundation at www.terryfox.org raised for cancer research in Terry Fox’s name since he dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean at the start of his marathon 37 years ago.
“Terry would be so proud,” said Fox, noting his little brother would be thrilled to know people continue to do what they can to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer.
“That’s all Terry would want to know.”
But there’s more work to be done, Fox stressed.
“There’s still a need to raise money for cancer research. We’ll all be touched by cancer in one way or another,” he said.
“It’s important to continue Terry’s dream until we totally remove the pain that cancer causes.”
Runners descend on the Village of Port Williams for a special Terry’s Warm Up event that brought Fred Fox, Terry Fox’s older brother, to Port Williams Sept. 16.
Fred Fox, Terry Fox’s older brother, takes a selfie with the crowd at the Terry’s Warm Up event hosted in Port Williams.