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24 FACTS ABOUT TERRY FOX

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 28th, 1958. Did you know his middle name was Stanley?

Terry had a mom and a dad, an older brother Fred, a younger brother Darrell, and a younger sister Judy.

The Fox kids had to change their clothes after school before going out to play. Do you?

In 1968, Terry and his family moved to Port Coquitlam, B.C.

The Fox kids did jobs such as picking berries in order to buy their own school clothes, golf clubs and bikes. Mrs. Fox said, “Everything wasn’t handed to them; they all had to learn to do for themselves.”

In 1976, Terry enrolls at Simon Fraser University and studies kinesiology--the study of body movement. He also makes the basketball team.

In 1977, Terry goes to the doctor because of pain in his right knee.

The doctor told Terry he had a rare bone cancer. Within days, his right leg was amputated 15 centimetres above the knee.

In 1979, Terry wants to find a cure for cancer and starts training for his Marathon of Hope.

The Marathon of Hope was a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research. He runs over 5,000 kilometres in training.

Terry’s best friend Doug Alward drove the van on the trip.

On April 12th, 1980 Terry begins his Marathon of Hope by dipping his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean at St. John’s, Newfoundland.

During his run, Terry meets thousands of Canadians who greet him at the side of the road and donate money for cancer research.

On September 1st, 1980--after 143 days and 5,374 kilometres--Terry stopped running outside Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer has spread to his lungs.

Before taking a plane to Vancouver for treatment Terry said, “I’m going to do my very best. I’ll fight. I promise I won’t give up.”

Eight days later, CTV telecasts a 5 hour Canada-wide telethon for Terry, which raises $10 million. Terry watches the telethon from his hospital room.

In September 1980 Terry becomes the youngest Canadian to be awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada in a special ceremony.

In October 1980 Terry is awarded B.C.’s highest civilian award, the Order of the Dogwood.

In February 1981 Terry’s dream of raising one dollar from every Canadian to fight cancer comes true.

Canada’s population was 24 million and 24 million dollars was raised.

Terry died on June 28th, 1981 at 4:37 a.m.--his favourite hour of running-- a year after his run--and exactly one month before his twenty-third birthday.

In July 1981 B.C. names a 2,639-metre peak in the Rocky Mountains “Mount Terry Fox” as a lasting symbol of Terry’s courage.

In April 1982 Canada Post issues the famous Terry Fox stamp.

In 1999 Terry is voted Canada’s Greatest Hero in a national survey.




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