In 1980 Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope with the simple objective of informing Canadians of the importance of finding a cure for Cancer. Over 143 days Terry ran an average of 42 kilometers (26 miles) before he was forced to end his run on September 1, 1980 when the cancer spread to his lungs. Inspired by his spirit and unwavering determination Canadians donated an incredible $24.17 million to his Marathon of Hope. Terry died in June 1981.
Terry’s legacy lives on through The Terry Fox Foundation. The Foundation is responsible for supporting close to $20 million in discovery-based research each year in Canada. To date, over $650 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name.
Thanks to my father Murray I was fortunate to witness Terry on his Marathon of Hope as he doggedly made his way through Burlington along Lakeshore Road the morning of Monday, July 14, 1980 (according to Burlington Post coverage). His goal was so incredible… he was our champion…we so wanted him to succeed!
Tomorrow, September 14, 2014 is our National Terry Fox Run Day. CLICK HERE to find out where a Run is being held in your community or to donate.
In honour of the day I have included these photos my Dad and I took of Terry Fox on his run through Burlington. I hope they inspire you too.
Andrea Buzza, IRONDame