Terry Fox’s dream lives on
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.