Terry Fox was a young man determined to fight the battle against cancer. He was diagnosed with bone cancer when he was only 18 years old, and was forced to have his right leg amputated six inches above the knee in 1977. While in hospital, Terry decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He would call his journey the Marathon of Hope. Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little fanfare but, enthusiasm soon grew. He ran close to 42 kilometres a day through the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, and Ontario. However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario; he announced the cancer had spread to his lungs. It was 31 years ago today, that Canadians lost a national hero. Terry died at the age of twenty-two.
Sometimes we need to be reminded of the sacrifices that others have made to inspire a change in our own lives. The Terry Fox Foundation is a constant reminder of how one man’s journey can effectively change a nation. Over $600 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.
Inspired yet? I thought you might be! The library has resources to encourage, motivate and lift your spirits; discover what inspires you! Or watch this video from ESPN honoring Terry Fox. If you’re looking for something to get involved in, why not Pay It Forward with Mohawk College. Join the PIF SOS group, and change the world one act of kindness at a time.