Terry Fox’s dad di­ag­nosed with lung can­cer

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Terry Fox de­voted his life to rais­ing money for can­cer re­search and now his father has been di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease.

The fam­ily an­nounced Tues­day on the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion web­site that 80-year-old Rol­land Fox, known as Rolly, was re­cently di­ag­nosed with lung can­cer.

“He re­mains in very good spir­its, con­firmed by the dated and overused hu­mour we are forced to en­dure,” the fam­ily says in a state­ment.

“Though ini­tially trou­bled by the news, Rolly is com­mit­ted to ap­proach­ing the chal­lenge now be­fore him by ad­her­ing to the traits — op­ti­mism and a never give up at­ti­tude — that he likely passed on to his son Terry.”

Rolly Fox started smok­ing at age 19, con­sis­tent with the times, and quit on a dare from his brother in 1986, the fam­ily says. He com­pleted a 16-kilo­me­tre run the next year.

The pa­tri­arch has been a “be­hind-thescenes be­liever” of his son’s mis­sion for 36 years and af­ter the 2011 death of his wife and Terry Fox’s mother Betty Fox, be­came more ac­tive, vis­it­ing Terry Fox Runs across Canada, the fam­ily says.


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