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Terry Fox-My Hero

“I’m gonna do my very best. I’ll fight. I promise I won’t give up!” Terry said this after he had to give up in Thunder bay, Ontario. Terrance Stanley Fox is a hero to me because he set examples to younger and older people to raise awareness and money towards supporting cancer. He is my idol because my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and had it for 5 years and due to a seizure he tragically died on July 28th, 2005.

Terry Fox was born on July 28th, 1958. In his younger years he was always an active sports fan, diving being his favourite, there were soccer, rugby, baseball, and basketball. However, he wasn’t as tall as the other boys so he had to work hard, practice after practice; he finally made the basketball team. He was extremely competitive and had a huge amount of determination.

After he became older and older, at the age of 18 he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and was forced to have he right leg amputated 15 centimetres (6 inches) above the knee. Three weeks after he was diagnosed, he was fitted for his first artificial leg in 1977. Unfortunately, he had to go to hospital. While in hospital, Terry was so overwhelmed by the suffering of other cancer patients, he read about a one-legged athlete who ran the New York City Marathon. "I can do that," he thought, and soon began his dream of running across Canada, motivated by the courage of others undergoing painful cancer treatment, many of them young, he decide to raise money for cancer awareness and research. He would call this journey the “Marathon of Hope”

When he began training, he kept his dream a secret. He told his family he was training for the Vancouver Marathon. The beginning was tough. He spent most of his time falling down and picking him self off the floor. He kept going, though, and after more than a year, and over 4,800 kilometres of running, he announced his plans to his family. He said his goal was to collect $1 for every person

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