Keep­ing Terry’s dream alive

Terry Fox’s brother speaks at Port Williams event

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - By Ash­ley thomp­son Kingscountynews.ca port Williams ash­ley.thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca

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.”

Ash­ley Thomp­son

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.

Ash­ley Thomp­son

Fred Fox, Terry Fox’s older brother, takes a selfie with the crowd at the Terry’s Warm Up event hosted in Port Williams.

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