Fox, Terrance Stanley "Terry"

FOX, Terrance Stanley "Terry," runner (b 28 July 1958, Winnipeg; d 28 June 1981, New Westminster). He moved to PORT COQUITLAM as a youngster with his family and after losing a leg to bone cancer in 1977 he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. His "Marathon of Hope" began at St John's, NF, on 12 Apr 1980 and continued until Sept 1, when he reached Thunder Bay, ON, a distance of 5,373 km. The run ended when cancer was discovered in his lungs but his marathon raised $1.7 million and an additional $23 million was donated by Canadians inspired by his efforts. His legacy continues in the annual fundraising Terry Fox Run. He is commemorated with Mt Terry Fox (el 2,651 m) north of VALEMOUNT and in 1984 a memorial to him was installed outside BC PLACE STADIUM in VANCOUVER. He was named a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Readings: Douglas Coupland, Terry, 2005.