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.