Terry Fox. By: Brittany H. The run.
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By: Brittany H.
In 1980, he began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. Fox hoped to raise one dollar for each of Canada's 24 million people. He began with little fanfare from St. John's, Newfoundland, in April and ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day. Fox had become a national star by the time he reached Ontario; he made numerous public appearances with businessmen, athletes, and politicians in his efforts to raise money. He was forced to end his run outside of Thunder Bay when the cancer spread to his lungs. His hopes of overcoming the disease and completing his marathon ended when he died nine months later.
On June 28, 1981 Terry Fox(aged 22) died in the hospital in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. On June 28, 1981 more than $24 million dollars were raised, and it was caused by Terry’s death. On Sept. 19, 2010, the 30th annual Terry Fox Run was held. So far, the event has raised over $553 million for cancer research. And it has gone global. In 2008 alone, more than two million people in 28 countries took part in Terry Fox runs.
“Even though I'm not running anymore, we still have to try to find a cure for cancer. Other people should go ahead and try to do their own thing now.” – Terry Fox
“I don't feel that this is unfair. That's the thing about cancer. I'm not the only one, it happens all the time to people. I'm not special. This just intensifies what I did.”- Terry Fox
“Some people can’t figure out what I’m doing. It’s not a walk-hop, it’s not a trot, it’s running, or as close as I can get to running, and it’s harder than doing it on two legs. It makes me mad when people call this a walk. If I was walking it wouldn’t be anything.” –Terry Fox
Even though Terry Fox was in pain, and had cancer spreading to his lungs he still did the impossible, the thing no one else would do.
I believe he was a great leader and hero, he brought more attention to people that cancer wont just go away, you need to fight it and find a cure.
Cancer is the disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body.
Fox remains a prominent figure in Canadian folklore. His determination united the nation; people from all walks of life lent their support to his run and his memory inspires pride in all regions of the country. A 1999 national survey named him as Canada's greatest hero, and he finished second to Tommy Douglas in the 2004 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program The Greatest Canadian. Fox's heroic status has been attributed to his image as an ordinary person attempting a remarkable and inspirational feat.
Others have argued that Fox's greatness derives from his audacious vision, his determined pursuit of his goal, his ability to overcome challenges such as his lack of experience and the very loneliness of his venture. As Fox's advocate on The Greatest Canadian, media personality Sook-Yin Lee compared him to a classic hero, Phidippides, the runner who delivered the news of the Battle of Marathon before dying, and asserted that Fox “Embodies the most cherished Canadian values: compassion, commitment, perseverance". She highlighted the juxtaposition between his celebrity, brought about by the unforgettable image he created, and his rejection of the trappings of that celebrity. Typically amongst Canadian icons, Fox is an unconventional hero, admired but not without flaws. An obituary in the Canadian Family Physician emphasized his humanity and noted that his anger—at his diagnosis, at press misrepresentations and at those he saw as encroaching on his independence—spoke against ascribing sainthood for Fox, and thus placed his achievements within the reach of all.
April 12: 0 km determination united the nation; people from all walks of life lent their support to his run and his memory inspires pride in all regions of the country
St. John's, NF
April 21: 346 km
Day 15: 542 km
South Brook Junction, NF
May 6: 882 km
Highway 7, NS
May 15: 1,278 km
Sheet Harbor, NS
May 20: 1,373 km
May 26: 1,728 km
May 29: 1,865 km
Highway 2, west of Moncton, NB
June 6: 2,214 km
June 7: 2,256 km
June 11: 2,426 km
Highway 185, QC
Highway 20, QC
June 15: 2,663 km
Quebec City, QC
June 23: 2,917 km
June 28: 3,030 km
Just outside of Ottawa, ON
: 3,113 km
August 27: 5,153 km
Terrace Bay, ON
Sept 1: 5,373 km
Thunder Bay, ONThe map of where he ran