Sunday, September 11, 2005

"Somewhere, the hurting must stop" -- Terry Fox

Terry Fox inspired this nation with his dream - his Marathon of Hope - a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research. This courageous young man from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, knew only too well the ravages of cancer - because in 1977 at 18 he had lost his right leg to the disease. And etched in his mind was the pain and suffering on the faces of other cancer victims. Determined not to leave this "world of miracles" before a cure had been found, he planned his 5,300-mile marathon.




After dipping his foot in the Atlantic, he began his epic Marathon of Hope in St. John's Newfoundland on April 12, 1980. Running 26 miles a day, this outstanding young athlete had conquered five provinces by the time had had reached Ontario In June. Then, at mile number 3,339, recurring cancer forced him to give up his run. On September 1, 1980, Terry ended his Marathon of Hope in Thunder Bay, Ontario. But, through his perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, he inspired an outpouring of immense national pride and a flood of $24 million for cancer research. Terry Fox inspired an entire generation of Canadians with his determination and devotion.

The summer of 1980 will never be forgotten by Canadians who were there, and every school aged child in Canada has run the Terry Fox Run every year from pre-school to Grade 12 (or OAC is it was for me). He was voted the most famous Canadian of the 20th century in an unofficial opinion poll, and several movies have been made on the life of Terry Fox - including this year's starring Shawn Ashmore called Terry. Every Canadian kid imitated Terry's hop-run before they knew better, and every Canadian girl wanted to marry Terry. He's definiteyl the most famous and beloved Canadian to ever live.


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5 Comments:

Blogger ffleur said...

Oh Sarah, what a beautiful homage to this great young man. I remember sobbing my heart out when I watched the news coverage that he had finally succumbed to the evil cancer.

(i didn't know you had a blog, i just read it today on your comment on d-listed). I'll check your blog out again.

I'm from BC.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

hey ffleur! you're hot, dlisted has given me a bit of traffic which i love, god knows i will whore out my blog until people read! lol

BC is hot...i've only been once when i was like 10..but it was awesome

i must confess i was but a twinkle in my dad's eye when terry died, but i love love love him nonetheless...it's cool that someone so great is so famous here..

5:42 PM  
Blogger ffleur said...

LOL, I think its "twinkle in your mum's eye, twitch in your dad's pants!"

8:51 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

haha oops! wait...that's gross! ewww lol

5:46 PM  
Blogger Ceeta Bonita said...

WE LOVE YOU T-FO.. Long live TERRY FOX!

2:36 PM  

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