Terry Fox

Terry Fox

His Story

Book - 1981
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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 growing.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, c1981.
ISBN: 9780771080173
Characteristics: 176 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.


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rb3221 Jun 24, 2015

In Terry Fox's own words,"the whole thing was such an adventure". Right from the beginning of his incredible journey, Terry said, "I wanted to try the impossible and show it could be done". Part of his message was that a disability did not have to be a handicap. One of his key supporters, Rick Hansen, would certainly agree.
When in the hospital to have his leg amputated he saw many young and suffering cancer patients , he became relentless in his quest once he decided that his role, his mission was to help in the fight against cancer. And he did it his way! He became inspired and said, "no one is going to call me a quitter" and then proceeded to run 20-25 miles for 143 days in heat, cold, wind and rain until he could go no further. One of his key accomplishments was that he changed the vocabulary from victim to survivor and he raised $24 million before he died and as much as $650 million to 2015.
Leslie's Scrivener book is an honest account of his journey including his strengths, weaknesses and faults. It is a well written organized book with lots of Terry Fox quotes which makes it even more interesting. It is a very worthwhile yet emotional read about one of the greatest Canadians of all time.

Nov 08, 2007


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