Terrance Stanley Fox was a great Canadian athlete who overcame what life threw at him – and just wouldn’t quit. He was a man with a dream - and that dream was to run across Canada. With one real and one artificial leg, Terry embarked on his Marathon of Hope. Running across Canada was his way to show the world that he was not going out without a fight. Terry Fox has shown Canada and the rest of the world that one person can make a huge difference in the lives of others.
Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 28, 1958 but moved to and was raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia at a young age. He was the second of four children. Terry was never one to give up. “In grade 8, he was the worst player on his basketball team. In fact, he only got one minute of playing time all season” (The Courage of Terry Fox). “But, he was very determined, and in his final year at Port Coquitlam secondary school, he was the starting point guard and he shared the athlete of the year award with his friend, Doug Alward” (The Legacy of Terry Fox’s Dream). He was also an excellent student, earning straight-A’s all through his high school career. After graduating high school, he went on to study physical education at Simon Fraser University where he also played basketball. Terry wanted to become a physical education teacher after university. In 1977, a pain in terry’s knee became so bad that he could barely stand up. He went to hospital and it was discovered that he had osteogenic sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. His right leg had to be amputated six inches above the knee. While recovering, he developed the idea for a "Marathon of Hope" - a run across Canada to raise money and generate publicity for cancer research, as Terry was angry how little money was being used towards cancer research in Canada. As he endured 16 months of chemotherapy, he took in the faces around him at the cancer clinic. He became determined to do more than help himself; he wanted to...
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