VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – History was made on this day back in 1980. Exactly 41 years ago, Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope in an effort to raise money for the battle against cancer.
His brother, Fred Fox, says no one could have imagined the impact of Terry’s determination.
“The very first words that Terry wrote in his journal on April 12  were ‘Today is the day it all begins.’ He could never have known, could never have imagined, what those words would mean 41 years later,” he said.
Terry’s trek began in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where he dipped his right leg into the Atlantic Ocean. He had planed to run across Canada, but his journey ended near Thunder Bay, Ontario when his cancer returned. He died the next year.
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In light of the current pandemic, Fred Fox says there’s something we can all learn from his brother’s resilience.
“He didn’t always have great days to run in, when he was running the Marathon of Hope. It was cold in Newfoundland and heat and humidity in southern Ontario. But it didn’t stop Terry,” he explained.
Fred Fox says $850 million has been raised for cancer research in the years since Terry’s death, and his family is grateful.
“Throughout B.C. and across Canada [people] have made his legacy something that has impacted lives. We owe so much to so many people across Canada, young and older, who have kept this thing going. So, thank you,” he said.
Terry Fox died in 1981. He was 22 years old.
To this day, runs take place on an annual basis in schools and communities across Canada in honour of his legacy.