2010-04-12

Crazy As A Fox!

In honour of Terry Fox's "Marathon of Hope" that began 30 years ago, may I present...(just watch it, you'll see what I mean!)



For those of you who don't know who he was, I scammed this from Wiki:
His right leg was amputated in 1977 after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, though he continued to run using an artificial leg.

In 1980, he attempted to run across Canada in the Marathon of Hope to raise cancer awareness. Fox hoped to raise one dollar for each of Canada's 24 million people. His effort began with little fanfare as he left St. John's, Newfoundland in April and ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day. Fox had become a national star by the time he reached Ontario; he made numerous appearances with the public, businessmen and politicians in his efforts to raise money for research. He was forced to end his run outside of Thunder Bay after 143 days and 5,280 kilometres when his cancer spread to his lungs. His hopes of overcoming the disease and completing his marathon ended when he died nine months later.

Fox was the youngest person ever named a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian award. He won the 1980 Lou Marsh Award as the nation's top sportsman and was named Canada's Newsmaker of the Year in both 1980 and 1981. Today, millions of people in over 60 countries participate in the annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981 and now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$500 million has been raised in his name. Considered a national hero, many buildings, roads and parks have been named in Fox's honour across the country.

A true Canadian Hero! You can always DONATE if you're so inclined!

1 comment:

Patty said...

Thanks for posting this inspiring story!

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