His right leg was amputated in 1977 after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, though he continued to run using an artificial leg. He also played wheelchair basketball in Vancouver, winning three national championships. In 1980, he began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research.
Terry Fox Biography, Marathon of Hope, & Facts
Through his Marathon of Hope event, a race across Canada, he raised millions of dollars for cancer research before his death in 1981. Terry Fox Runs are held throughout Canada and other countries.
Terrance Stanley Fox, CC , Order of the Dogwood, athlete, humanitarian, cancer research activist (born 28 July 1958 in Winnipeg , MB; died 28 June 1981 in New Westminster , BC ). After losing his right leg to cancer at age 18, Terry Fox decided to run across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer research.
Terry Fox ended his Marathon of Hope 40 years ago. Today, he
Sept. 1, 1980 marked the last day of the Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Forty years later, Fox’s brother said Terry would be proud of his legacy.
Terry Fox. After losing his right leg to cancer at age 18, Terry Fox decided to run across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer research. With the use of a customized running prothesis, he set out from St. John’s, Newfoundland, on 12 April 1980 and covered 5,373 km in 143 days — an average of 42 km (26 miles) per day.
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He dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean on April 12th, 1980 and proceeded to unite Canadians in a way never before, nor since, seen. The only thing that could have stopped Terry from reaching the Pacific Ocean did. Cancer returned in his lungs and he was forced to stop on September 1st, 1980 after having run 5,373 kilometres.
Canadians have kept Terry Fox's dream alive for 40 years
(Jane Robertson/CBC) Terry’s journey came to an end on Sept. 1 outside Thunder Bay, Ont., when he was overcome by a coughing fit and severe chest pains. The next day, he held a press conference.
Terry Fox and the Development of Running Prostheses
His accomplishment motivated researchers to develop prostheses better suited for running. In 1980, Terry Fox ran 5,373 km during his Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run dedicated to raising awareness and money for cancer research. Fox, whose right leg had been amputated in 1977, performed this incredible feat using a prosthesis designed.
The legacy of Terry Fox's dream
On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox dipped his artificial foot in the Atlantic Ocean off St. John’s and began his Marathon of Hope. He ran about 42 kilometres each day no matter the weather — freezing.
Terry Fox: Canadian icon died 35 years ago
2 min to read JOIN THE CONVERSATION Terry Fox on his Marathon of Hope. He died 35 years ago. Photo Features Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paused on Tuesday to remember Terry Fox,.