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Reliving Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope: Day 30

This is how it all began. On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox began an epic cross-country journey to raise money for cancer research. CBC Radio and Television followed Terry's Marathon of Hope from the beginning. To celebrate this historic event, we present these reports as they were first aired.

Terry Fox has been on the road for exactly one month, running the equivalent of a marathon every single day. He's now 13 kilometres outside of Antigonish, N.S. The weather is great and the fundraising is going well, but as we hear him tell Sound of Sports host Fred Walker, Terry feels lucky just to be alive. In this interview, he recounts the harrowing story of the truck crash that nearly killed him just four days earlier.
• After completing the Newfoundland leg of his journey, Terry Fox said he felt he had reached a significant milestone. "I remember people in St. John's telling me if I make it across (Newfoundland) I've done very well. Now, I feel like I've gotten somewhere," he told reporters.

• Terry Fox found the slow start to his fundraising efforts in Nova Scotia disappointing compared to the successful send-off he got in Newfoundland. At Port-Aux-Basques, his last stop before getting on the ferry to Nova Scotia, the town's 6,000 people raised $10,000. At the time the Canadian Cancer Society estimated Terry had raised between $20,000 and $25,000 while he was in Newfoundland.

• In Nova Scotia, it was a different story. On May 10, in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., Terry wrote this in his diary:
"The Cancer Society here in Nova Scotia is doing nothing and money is being wasted. I would love to get my hands on the people in Halifax."
Medium: Radio
Program: Sound of Sports
Broadcast Date: May 11, 1980
Interviewer: Fred Walker
Duration: 3:06

Last updated: April 2, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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