Terry Fox Essay

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Terrance Stanley Fox, also known as Terry Fox was born July 29, 1958 in Winnipeg where he lived among his three siblings. In 1966, he moved to Port Coquitlam near Vancouver along with his family. In 1976, he noticed pain when he was driving his car, and rear-ended someone, however thought that he injured his knee in the crash. His pain returned the next month, and in March 1977 when he went to run during training. Barely able to move, Terry came home in horrible pain. The very next day he had his father drive him to the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. After testing him, they discovered that he had osteosarcoma, a bone cancer in his right leg. He had to endure chemotherapy, and the cancer resulted in the need to amputate his leg. Terry Fox decided in 1979 that he would run across Canada in order to raise money for cancer awareness. Only being able to run half a mile around the track, he began his training for this journey. In a month he was running one mile due to his persistent training and dedication. Fox had the support of War Amputations of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society and Ford Motor Company along with many other companies by April 1980, the same month he began his run. He was…show more content…
He was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, and had raised an outstanding 24 million in fundraising exceeding his goal February 1, 1981. His fundraising continues in his name, and today there has been over 700 million raised for cancer research by the Terry Fox Foundation. He was voted the second Greatest Canadian of all time, in addition to being named Canada’s greatest hero in a national survey. Today, schools, buildings, roads along with parks all across the world have been named in Fox’s honor. There have very many books, movies and television shows also created about the heroic journey he set off to
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