On August 4, Tundra Books will publish Terry Fox and Me, a children’s picture book written by Mary Beth Leatherdale and illustrated by Milan Pavlović. Written from the perspective of Terry’s best friend, Doug Alward, the book tells the true story of how two friends supported, challenged, and helped each other become better athletes and people. Doug was by Terry’s side every step of the way: when Terry received a diagnosis of cancer in his leg, when he was learning to walk – then run – with a prosthetic leg, and when he was training for the race of his life. Containing photos and notes from Doug Alward and Terry’s brother Darrell, the book is a celebration of friendship and, ultimately, Terry’s message of hope and determination.
Penguin Random House Canada will donate to The Terry Fox Foundation all author proceeds from Forever Terry, as well as a portion of the proceeds from Terry Fox and Me. They have also donated 2,500 copies of Terry Fox and Me for distribution to schools across the country. Tundra Books will also create a teacher’s guide and materials to support classroom readings and in-school Terry Fox activities.