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“Dreams are made if people only try to believe in miracles … I have to … because somewhere the hurting must stop.”
On Hwy 11-17 near Thunder Bay, Ontario, overlooking the Sleeping Giant and Lake Superior is a monument to one of Canada’s heroes.
The inscription reads …
Terry Fox inspired this nation with his dream – his Marathon of Hope – a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research.
This courageous young man from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, knew only too well the ravages of cancer … because at 18 he had lost his right leg to the disease, and etched in his mind was the pain and suffering on the faces of other cancer victims. Determined not to leave this “world of miracles” before a cure had been found, he planned his 5,300 mile marathon.
After dipping his foot in the Atlantic, he began his epic in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980.
Running 26 miles a day, this outstanding young athlete had conquered five provinces by the time he had reached Ontario in June. Then, at mile number 3,339, near this very site, recurring cancer forced him to give up his run.
“It feels good to give,” he told the people of Ontario who responded wholeheartedly to his courage and his dream, and through his perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, he inspired an outpouring of immense national pride and a flood of $24 million for cancer research.
To the people of Ontario, Terry gave us pride – pride in having known him and, briefly, sharing his dream.
To every Canadian, he left us his challenge – a challenge each of us will meet in our own way.
Terrance Stanley Fox – July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981.
2016 marks the 36th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run which takes place annually in locations all across the country. As of 2015 more than $700 million has been raised in his name for cancer research.