Terry Fox Biography

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The Greatest Canadian: Terry Fox Terry fox was and continues to be an inspiration to many. His Marathon of Hope, raised amazing amounts of awareness and money for cancer research. Today, millions of people from over twenty countries across the globe continue to participate every year in the Terry Fox Run and Terry Fox Funding events to raise money for cancer. Terrance Stanley Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 28, 1958 and grew up in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. He discovered that he had a malignant tumor in his right leg in March 1977 and shortly after had his leg amputated because the infection would quickly spread to the rest of his body (UrbanMoms, 2013). Terry had heard of an amputee…show more content…
From the day he had his leg amputated to the day he passed away Terry Fox dedicated his life to the Marathon of Hope. The dedication that was shown throughout the whole journey, not only from Terry but also from Canadian supporters, was astonishing. June 7: 2,256 km Perth-Andover, NB. “..in the town there was tremendous support and it quickened my pace up for the remaining fourteen miles. I flew!” (Terry’s Journal and Map,2015). Terry was glad to know his support system had grown and was continuing to grow every day. September 1: 5,373 kilometres Thunder Bay, ON "People were still lining the road saying to me, ‘Keep going, don 't give up, you can do it, you can make it, we 're all behind you.’" (Terry’s Journal and Map,2015). On September 2, 1980, Chairman and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Isadore Sharp, contacted Terry Fox 's family promising them that he would put together a fundraising run every year in Terry 's name(Terry Fox,2015). To date, there has been thirty-four Terry Fox Runs, the first ever Terry Fox Run was held in 1981. Canadians come together as one nation and dedicate one day to Terry Fox and what he…show more content…
Optimism was one of Terry’s best qualities, but he hadn’t always seen the glass half full. When Terry had his right leg amputated, he was dispirited and unhappy (TerryFox:Facts,2015). It took him a while to get accustomed to his new prosthetic leg and the lifestyle that came with it. It was especially hard since Terry was such an athletic person and was always on his feet before the amputation, but he prevailed over his problems and saw it as an opportunity to raise cancer awareness (TerryFox:Facts,2015). “His world was turned around, but he decided to look on the loss of his leg as a new challenge.” (Scrivener,2000,p. 31). Terry Fox knocked down numerous obstacles in his lifetime, obstacles that only strong and optimistic people could overcome. He had become an inspiring role model. Terry Fox had shown the world that Canadians are filled with hope and
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