Terry’s Story

When Terry Fox was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 18, the experience ignited in him a fierce determination to bring an end to the suffering cancer causes. His personal experience and research led him to the conclusion that more money was needed for cancer research. And so, on April 12, 1980, Terry dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean and proceeded to change the world.

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His Story

The Early Years

Early pictures show Terry as a serious child, wearing a white shirt and bow tie in one photo, a cowboy shirt with fringed trousers in another. Even as a child, the qualities that would bring him success in later life were in place. He was determined and tenacious.

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The Marathon of Hope

September 1, 1980 – It was a dull day in Northern Ontario when Terry Fox ran his last miles. He had started out strong that morning and felt confident. The road was lined with people shouting, “Don’t give up, you can make it!” words that spurred him and lifted his spirits.

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Facts About Terry

Think you know all about Terry Fox, his life, his legacy? Learn more about the man whose commitment to cancer research has helped the Foundation to raise over $800 million in his name.

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What do a mountain peak, an icebreaker, and over a dozen schools and a dozen streets have in common? They are all named after Terry Fox.  See what other honours were bestowed upon Terry.

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Journal and Map

Terry planned every mile of the Marathon of Hope before he left home. Follow his route here.

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Quotes from Terry

“The answer is to try and help others.”
“I believe in miracles, I have to.”

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