“It’s go to keep going without me,” Fox said in 1980, after cancer had spread to his legs and he was forced to stop his journey across the country.
Thanks to the tremendous work of local volunteers, it has kept going, and Terry Fox continues to be an inspiration for all Canadians, with the foundation that bears his name raising millions of dollars annually in support of cancer research. His original goal of raising one dollar from every Canadian, a total of $24 million in 1980, reached long ago, and now approaching $1 billion raised through the runs that bear his name.
Close to home, residents can make a. donation on-line at www.terryfox.org, or by taking part in the run either at Elgin Park in Uxbridge or the Port Perry Fairgrounds. Registration opens just after 8 a.m., with the run getting underway at 9 a.m.
As well, young people across the country will be able to carry on Terry’s legacy on Wednesday, Sept. 30, which has been designated as National School Run Day.
Many of those students have parents who weren’t yet born during Terry’s run, but his legacy continues to live on, brightening the lives of so many.
Thirty-five years after he began his Marathon of Hope, it’s difficult for many to imagine a Canada without the presence of Terry Fox, his image and legacy have become synonymous with our national heritage.
He didn’t set out seeking fame or fortune, book deals or movies to be made telling his story. He was just a kid from B.C. trying to help as best he could, and in the process has shown millions of people the great things that one person can accomplish.