TERRY FOX (1958–1981)
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.