TERRY FOX (1958–1981)

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While in re­mis­sion from can­cer, Terry Fox set out to run across Canada to raise money for can­cer re­search. De­spite hav­ing lost his right leg to the dis­ease, this de­ter­mined ath­lete ran 5,373 kilo­me­ters – nearly a marathon a day for 143 straight days – be­fore be­ing forced to stop when his can­cer re­turned. His ‘Marathon of Hope’, which be­gan in St. John’s 12 April 1980, cap­ti­vated Cana­di­ans with its bold hu­man­i­tar­i­an­ism, trans­formed our vo­cab­u­lary about per­sonal courage and rev­o­lu­tion­ized fundrais­ing. To date, hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars have been raised by Fox, and in his name, to the ben­e­fit of can­cer suf­fer­ers around the world. The heroic na­ture and tragic in­ter­rup­tion of his run have made Terry Fox an en­dur­ing Cana­dian icon.

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