Terry had no idea of the far-reaching impact his actions would have. All he knew is that he had to try. In some people, their try seems almost unlimited. Terry ran a marathon a day, for 143 days, and inspired more than $800 million for cancer research. “Anything is possible if you try,” Terry once said.
“Terry Try” Moments
Long before Terry Fox dipped his toe in the Atlantic to begin his Marathon of Hope, he had to try to learn how to walk all over again. Then he had to try to run again. First streets, then hills, and eventually, mountains. He had to go out and gather support for what seemed like a “crazy” idea, a run across Canada for cancer research. And even once he began, he had to try every day, to push past the pain, exhaustion and sometimes doubt.
Cancer may have taken a lot from Terry, but it could never take away his “try”.
September 1, 1979
Just 902 days after Terry lost his leg to cancer, he entered the 27-kilometre Prince George to Boston Marathon. It was one of Terry’s most pivotal “try” moments. Although he finished last, he proved to himself that he had the strength, stamina and heart to undertake the audacious idea that was forming in his head. Just seven months later, he dipped his foot in the Atlantic to begin his Marathon of Hope. #TryLikeTerry
Facing a gruelling uphill, 3-kilometre stretch of highway, Terry wore a shirt that read “Montreal River Here I Come” on the front and “I’ve Got You Beat” on the back.
What’s your uphill battle? #TryLikeTerry and register for the Mt. Terry Fox Trek today. terryfox.org/trek/
Terry had a “try” that was global in reach and scope. Join the Terry Fox Ride of Hope and fundraise for cancer research while cycling 40,000 kms, the circumference of the globe, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Marathon of Hope. #TryLikeTerry
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When Terry told his mom and dad that he was planning a cross country Run, Betty asked him why it couldn’t just be across BC. Terry’s answer, “because it’s not just people in BC who get cancer.” He knew that the only way he could reach his enormous fundraising goal of $1 million was to take on our huge country, one Canadian at a time. One ask at a time. One try at a time. Terry died knowing his try had touched the hearts of 24 million Canadians.
Don’t say cancer can’t be defeated. Say we have to try. Don’t say I can’t make a difference. Say I have to try. What’s your fundraising try? #TryLikeTerry
“The answer is to try and help others.” – Terry Fox