39 years ago, Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope in St John’s, Newfoundland. That day he started a legacy that has been engrained in the minds of millions of Canadians across this country.
Growing up, I always heard the name and his story. The Terry Fox Run happened every September and it was always a reminder of what he meant to so many people. As I grew older, I learned even more about his story and it made me appreciate him even more.
Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Port Coquitlam, BC. He had a relatively normal life but he grew older his health began to give him troubles. Fox was diagnosed with cancer in his knees in 1977. Sadly because cancer had spread in his knee, he had to have it amputated.
During this time, Terry Fox was determined to not let his cancer limit him. Through some inspiration, he decided to embark on a cross Canada run which he titled the Marathon of Hope in 1981.
His intention was to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Throughout the entire time, he was supported by thousands of Canadians across the country at different cities from Halifax to Montreal to Toronto. By the time Terry Fox was getting to Thunder Bay, it was discovered that his Cancer has returned and was spreading quickly. Due to this, Terry Fox has to make the tough decision to cancel his Marathon of Hope.
He was flown back home to BC to get treatment but sadly on June 28, 1981, he passed in a New Westminster hospital.
Terry Fox legacy is something unmatched. He is a Canadian icon who will never forgotten.