Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada's west coast. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977.
While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
He would call his journey the Marathon of Hope. After 18 months and running over 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles) to prepare, Terry started his run in St. John's, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little fanfare.
He ran close to 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day through Canada's Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario. However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs. An entire nation was stunned and saddened. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22. The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning.
Terry no longer just belongs to Canada. He belongs to all of us who believe in his vision.
On April 27th, 2019, join together with everyone in the community who share Terry's dream of a cure for cancer.
Date: April 27th, 2019
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Make your donation directly to the Terry Fox Foundation in Canada HERE ! (Website based in Canada, access may require additional steps)
Thank you to following teams for supporting the Terry Fox Run:
Special thanks goes to the Asian Tigers Logistics' team for providing logistic support to the event and to Water World Group for their water donation!
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