Remembering Terry Fox
Today is the day there are Terry Fox runs across Canada (some 9oo), and in places around the World, to raise funds for the Terry Fox Foundation which funds efforts to cure cancer. (since 1980 $400 million has been raised not only in Canada but around the World.
Terry Fox captured our imagination and heart back in 1980 when he began his one legged run across Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Cancer had taken his leg at age 18 and he had a passion, no an obsession, to run across Canada to raise some money to fight Cancer. It was largely a solitary dream that went unnoticed at first until he got into Ontario and people began to realize his effort was "for real".
I wish I had taken the time to watch him run by as I live not far from the Trans Canada Highway. Route 17, the southern branch of the two routes of the TCH across Ontario. I did follow his efforts in the news and realized the excitment he was raising. Alas, it was in Northern Ontario, just short of Thunder Bay, that his cancer began again and he had to give up his run to the dismay of all. He had hitched along the highway, often a lonely figure , for some 5400 km. He soon after died having raised $20 million dollars in his effort that year.
He is among Canada best know and admired Canadians and we continue to honour his memory and take up his mission to raise money for a cure for cancer each year with the Terry Fox runs.
This is the stature of Terry Fox in Ottawa near the parliament building. This photo is one that is lonely and cold as his run must have often been.
It is certainly true that one person with a dream and determination can make a difference. Terry Fox epitomized that for all of us.
It is interesting to go back and revisit this historic Marathon of Hope run. One of the best places in in the CBC film Archives Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope - People - CBC Archives
Here is an article on Terry written in June. 2006 CBC News Indepth: Terry Fox
And, of course, Wikipedia Terry Fox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia