Remembering Terry Fox

Just before we reached Thunder Bay, Ontario on our Canadian road trip, I saw a sign for the Terry Fox Monument. DP pulled off of the highway so that we could take a closer look.

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. In 1977, when he was just 18, he was diagnosed with bone cancer that resulted in the amputation of his right left six inches above his knee. While Terry was in the hospital he decided to run across Canada to raise money for other cancer patients. He would call his run the “Marathon of Hope”.

He began his run on April 12, 1980 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and ran 42 kilometres (each 26 miles) a day through the Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario. On September 1st, after six months and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Cancer had appeared in his lungs. I had just started high school.

Terry died on June 28, 1981 at age 22.

Just outside Thunder Bay, this nine foot high bronze statue overlooking Lake Superior reminds those travelling across the country of the extraordinary life of a courageous Canadian who went before us.


  1. Yes, thank you for that reminder! I participate in the Terry Fox Run every year and I will be in Barcelona this year on September 14, the official 2008 run day. Have you heard of anyone organizing a Terry Fox run in Barcelona? There are international run sites, however Spain was not listed on the organization's web site…

  2. Mel,Hi there. It's so lovely that you participate in the Terry Fox Run every year. I'm sorry to say that I haven't heard of a run in Barcelona but if I find something, I'll post it here.

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