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Terry Fox Run Introduction


The Marathon of Hope is one of the most powerful and inspiring stories in the history of Canadian sport. After losing his leg as to cancer in 1977 at the age of eighteen, Terry Fox resolved to run across Canada with a prosthetic limb to raise money and public support for cancer research. From April 12 to September 1, 1980, Terry ran 5,373 km in 143 days, covering a distance that spanned St. John's, Newfoundland, to Thunder Bay, Ontario. His marathon came to an end when cancer was discovered in his lungs. Terry passed away after undergoing treatment, one month before his twenty-third birthday. His activism had redefined athletic excellence through his courageous efforts to help others. Canadians and people all around the world continue to rally to his cause, participating in the annual Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research in his name.

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