Marathon na­tion

Terry Fox’s dream lives on

StarMetro Calgary - - SPECIAL REPORT: TOP 150 - Sean Plum­mer

It has be­come an iconic im­age: Terry Fox mak­ing his way across Canada to raise money for (and aware­ness of) cancer re­search. (Fox lost his right leg to os­teosar­coma in 1977.)

The Win­nipeg na­tive cov­ered 5,373 km — from St. John’s, New­found­land, in the east to north­ern On­tario in the west — dur­ing his 1980 “Marathon of Hope.”

Be­tween April 12 and Septem­ber 1, Fox ran through six prov­inces over the course of 143 days, rais­ing $1.7 mil­lion. More im­por­tantly, he gave hope to cancer pa­tients and made so­ci­ety re­think its at­ti­tudes to­ward dis­abil­ity.

Fox also in­spired a le­gacy or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion, which has raised some $650 mil­lion for cancer re­search.

Ele­men­tary school stu­dents con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate in the Terry Fox Chal­lenge where they raise money to reach par­tic­u­lar goals, like hav­ing their prin­ci­pal shave her head.

The an­nual Terry Fox Runs, which are held across the coun­try, en­cour­age Cana­di­ans of all abil­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate and raise funds in Fox’s name.

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