At age 18, Terry Fox was diagnosed with a bone cancer that would eventually lead to the amputation of his right leg six inches above the knee. While undergoing cancer treatment, Terry was touched by the plight of other cancer patients, particularly children, and decided run across the country to raise consciousness and funds for cancer research. Known as the Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox’s journey still inspire Canadians to this day. Hopping on one leg, Terry Fox ran a marathon (42 km) each day through the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario, until he was forced to stop after 143 days and 5,373 km as cancer had spread to his lungs. He died nine months later, at age 22 but the Marathon of Hope has continued.
To date, more than $400 million has been raised for cancer research through annual Terry Fox Runs held all over Canada and abroad. This year I’ll be joining (walking, not running yet!) with a team sponsored by the Massey College Alumni Association. Consider participating locally or supporting the cause.