20 Dec. 2013
“Marathon of Hope”
It was not something new for someone to run across Canada, but for someone to do that but with an artificial leg, now that was something different. Terry Fox was an athlete who lost his leg to cancer when he was only 18 and decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Terry Fox shoved any doubt that anyone had of him running across Canada on one leg to the back of their heads after he showed what he could do. Losing a leg to cancer did not discourage Terry Fox, if anything, it made him want to run across Canada and become one of the nation’s greatest heroes to ever live.
Terrance Stanley Fox was born on July 28, 1958 Fox in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Betty and Rolly. He had three siblings, an older brother named Fred, a younger brother named Darrell, and a younger sister named Judith (“The Early Years”). As a kid, Fox had lived in a normal house with a loving family, went to school, and earned a good education. He grew up playing all kinds of sports, but his one true love, like many kids, was basketball. What set him apart from any other kid, though, was his drive, his love, and his commitment for the game. He was the hardest working kid out there and everyone noticed it. He was the kind of person who can overcome any obstacle and cope with adversity that stood in his way. In eighth grade at Mary Hill Junior High, Fox played on a basketball team of nineteen kids, was the nineteenth player, and earned one minute of time on the floor the whole season (“The Early Years”). He did not let that get him down and by his senior year at Port Coquitlam High School, he was the best player on the team and was the co-winner of the Athlete of the Year Award with his best friend, Doug Alward, two times, his sophomore and senior year (“The Early Years”). After Fox graduated from high school, he went on to Simon Frasier University in British Columbia to study kinesiology, which is the study of the mechanics of body movements (Petter). Fox had it in his head that he wanted to be a high school physical education teacher because of his love and passion for sports (“The Early Years”). He made the decision that he wanted to try out for the junior varsity basketball team at SFU, which did not surprise anyone, and he made the team (Petter). Fox beat out players that were more talented than he was but he made it because he was the hardest working and most driven athlete out there and just plain out-gutted everyone else (Into the Wind). Shortly after his first season of basketball at SFU, Terry woke up one morning and could not even get out of bed because his right knee was swollen and it hurt to put even the slightest bit of weight on it (Scrivener). He had been battling pain in his knee most of his basketball season and just thought it was just some cartilage issue that may have been caused by a car accident a few months prior and it was something the doctor could fix it (Into the Wind). However, it was far worse than what anyone was thinking. On March 4, 1977, Terry Fox was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma bone cancer in his right knee and he was told his leg would have to be amputated within days to keep the cancer from spreading throughout his body. ‘“I knew there was something wrong, oh boy, did I know, when the whole family came in and Mom put her arm around me. The doctor came in and just told me, ‘You’ve got a malignant tumor.’ I guess I was supposed to be upset but I did not do anything. ‘What’s that?’ I said”’ (Scrivener). When Fox knew that something was wrong, he thought it was a major cartilage issue and the chance of cancer crossing his mind was one in a million.
The night before the operation, Fox’s high school basketball coach, Terri Fleming from Port Coquitlam, brought Fox a magazine article from Runner’s World about a man named Dick Traum, who was amputee that ran in the New York Marathon (Scrivener). Fleming hoped it would give Fox something...
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