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Terry Fox

1958 - 1981

Student at Simon Fraser University. Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer during his first year studying kinesiology at SFU, and his right leg was amputated. After enduring chemotherapy and the fitting of a prosthetic leg, he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. On April 12, 1980, he began running at the Atlantic Ocean near St. John's, Newfoundland, and ran 5,343 kilometres before a return of his cancer forced him to stop near Thunder Bay, Ontario. He returned to his home in British Columbia, where he died ten months later, but celebrities and others took up his cause and helped him raise more than 23 million dollars for cancer research that year. Annual Terry Fox runs in many Canadian cities have raised many millions more since. Fox's bravery and determination captivated the country, and monuments to him are found throughout the land.


I just wish people would realize that anything is possible if you try; dreams are made if people try.

1980