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Terry Fox, the one-legged runner from Port Coquitlam, British
Columbia, made an indelible impression upon people across Canada
and around the world. An outstanding athlete with a stubborn and
competitive spirit, he lost his leg to cancer at 19, but said
"nobody is ever going to call me a quitter."
On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox set out from St. John's, Newfoundland
to begin the run across Canada that he named the Marathon of Hope.
His ambition was to raise a million dollars for cancer research. It
wasn't easy. Initial support from communities varied from terrific
to nothing at all. His prosthetic leg was painful to run on, and
there were always traffic and extreme weather conditions to deal
with. But, by the time he reached Ontario - a journey of more than
3,000 kilometres - word of his achievement had spread, and
thousands cheered him and followed his progress. Terry's spirits
soared, and now he hoped to raise $22 million dollars - one dollar
for every Canadian. He succeeded in this ambition, but the Marathon
of Hope ended near Thunder Bay, Ontario on September 1, 1980. The
cancer had spread to his lungs, and, after running 24 miles in one
day, on the next he could run no further.
When cancer finally claimed his life in 1981, Canada mourned the
loss of a hero, but the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope lives on. The
Terry Fox Foundation raised more than $17 million in 1999, and
support for the event nationally and around the world is
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