In 1980, runner Terry Fox continued his “Marathon of Hope” across Canada. (CP)
In September 1980, runner Terry Fox continued his “Marathon of Hope” across Canada. (CP photo/file)
Runner Terry Fox joins his parents as the Governor speaks during a special ceremony Friday, Sept. 19, 1980, in Port Coquitlam. (CP PHOTO/Chuck Stoody)
On September 9, 1980, Terry Fox, the intrepid single-leg runner who captured the hearts of Canadians by running across the country to raise money for cancer research, smiled as he watched a nationally televised TV show raise for him funds. Fox was forced to withdraw from the marathon last week after a lung cancer was discovered. (CP Pictures/Andy Clark)
Terry Fox, a one-leg runner from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, won the respect of Canadians by running a cross-country marathon to raise money for cancer research on September 7, 1980, watching the national telecast from his hospital bed TV show in his memory. Terry was forced to cut short his marathon last week after cancer was found in his lung. (CP PHOTO/Andy Clark)
Terry Fox’s mother, Betty Fox, is flanked by Rick Hansen, left, and Prime Minister Paul Martin, right, at the 25th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005. Sheila Martin (left to right) BC Premier Gordon Campbell and Rolly Fox in the second row. (CP PHOTO / Chuck Toddy)
Pallbearers carry the coffin of hopeful marathon runner Terry Fox out of the church after the funeral on July 2, 1981. Fox, who raised more than $24 million for cancer research while trying to cross Canada, died of cancer at a hospital in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. (CP Photo/Julien LeBourdais)
Steve Fonyo stopped before laying a holly wreath at the Terry Fox Memorial in Thunder Bay, Ontario. December 1, 1984. Canadian Press Agency/Mike Blake
On Friday, September 16, 2011, Terry Fox’s father, Rory Fox, and British Columbia’s then Premier, Christy Clark, unveiled a series of statues at the newly renovated Terry Fox Plaza in downtown Vancouver.Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward
Fourteen-year-old Megan Arad stretches next to a sign with a photo of Terry Fox ahead of the 20th annual Terry Fox Run in Ottawa, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000. (CP PHOTO/Jonathan Hayward)
A spectator looks on at the unveiling of the newly renovated Terry Fox Plaza in downtown Vancouver, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward
Fred (right) and Darrell Fox (second from right) stroke the freshly shaved head of his father Rolly (center), while their sister Judi (left) and mother Betty pose for a family portrait after Terry Fox Family Head Shave, September , Wednesday, January 5, 2007 in Vancouver. The Fox family attends the premiere of Terry Fox’s Weekday Cancer Research fundraiser. (CP PHOTO / Richard Lam) Canada
Workers shovel snow around the Terry Fox statue below Capitol Hill, Monday, Dec. 3, 2007. A blizzard hit the Ottawa area early Monday with about 20 centimeters of rain down and 20 centimeters expected. Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand
Terry Fox’s parents Betty and Rollie Fox were admitted in the House of Commons on Tuesday 19 October 2010. Terry Fox’s father has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Roland Fox, known as Raleigh, was recently diagnosed with the disease, according to the Terry Fox Foundation website. Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand
If you were to write a note to Terry Fox what would it be?
That’s the question the family of the late Canadian icon asked as part of their foundation’s latest campaign to mark the 43rd anniversary of his Marathon of Hope.
On April 12, 1980, the high school student from Coquitlam dipped his prosthetic leg into the Atlantic Ocean near St. Johns, Netherlands, starting a trail run that affected the country as he spread awareness and raised money for cancer research funds.
Although he was forced to forgo the trip in Thunder Bay, Ontario, due to cancer-related pneumonia, his sport will span decades, including through the annual Terry Fox run and collaborations with Adidas and most recently, Ryan Reynolds.
“Since the Marathon of Hope, it has been incredible to see how Terry has become an inspiration to millions of Canadians and people around the world, many of whom continue to send messages sharing their own personal connections,” said Fred Fox, Terry’s brother said in a statement Wednesday.
“Every dollar raised by those who join or support the Terry Fox Run will help fund cancer research. Seeing how Terry’s legacy continues to inspire future generations to get involved and help realize his dream of a world without cancer, our family Everyone is very happy.”
The Terry Fox Foundation is calling on people around the world to share how Terry’s extraordinary story continues to inspire them, and to submit this information for a chance to be featured on this year’s campaign.
A custom commemorative #DearTerry poster designed by renowned artist Mutant 101 will be released on September 17th when the annual Terry Fox takes place across the country.
Messages can be shared on social media using the hashtag #DearTerry, while drawings and letters can be sent directly to the Foundation offices at 159-8960 University Avenue, Burnaby.
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