Terry Fox

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - (SOURCE: http://www.ter­ry­fox.org/ ter­rys-story/facts/)

– Terry was di­ag­nosed at age 18 with os­teogenic sar­coma (bone can­cer), and had to have his right leg am­pu­tated 15 cen­time­tres above the knee, in 1977. – Terry Fox started his run in St. John’s, New­found­land, on April 12, 1980, af­ter dip­ping his ar­ti­fi­cial leg into the At­lantic – Fox ran a to­tal of 5,373 kilo­me­tres over the course of 143 days, about 42 kilo­me­tres a day, be­fore stop­ping just out­side of Thun­der Bay, Ont., due to can­cer ap­pear­ing in his lungs. – On Sept. 9, a five-hour telethon held on Terry’s be­half raised $10 mil­lion in hon­our of his fight against can­cer. – Each year, mil­lions of peo­ple in over 20 coun­tries par­tic­i­pate in Terry Fox runs and fundrais­ing events.

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