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September 15, 2013

In Memory of Terry Fox

Filed under: Home — K2 in Canada @ 12:35 PM

Okay, if you are not from Canada you might not remember him. Or if you are less than 30 years old…. But there seemed to be a lot fewer people out at today’s event than I remembered from previous years. Okay, we don’t always manage to go either. But we try, and for a “I hate running” not runner like me that is some commitment (even though it is only 5km for me :-)). Terry’s story is a great one and inspiring as an athlete!

“Terry” Fox (July 28, 1958 –  June 28, 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$600 million has been raised in his name to date.”

So maybe next year you could join in – anywhere in the world. There was one in 2012 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany!!! To find a run site go to the Terry Fox Foundation website.



1 Comment »

  1. One day I’ll need to do this one with my Dad. We have plans to do the sun run (as a walk) this coming spring… Terry Fox should be a snap after that!

    Comment by Catherine — September 15, 2013 @ 6:33 PM

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