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Reliving Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope: Day 58

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.

As he runs through New Brunswick and nears the Quebec border, support for Terry Fox continues to build. In this interview with Sound of Sports, Terry says he is motivated by the continuous line of well-wishers urging him on. "When you get that kind of support, you don't feel pain," he says. Terry also tackles an unusual question: how does he pay for expenses such as gas, food and lodging?
• According to Douglas Coupland's book Terry, Terry Fox, his brother Darrell and driver Doug Alward would often engage in food fights at roadside restaurants. But they had one rule: "food may never touch the restaurant." Out of respect for the patrons and proprietors, food attacks were limited to bodily assaults such as soy sauce in the crotch or cake down the back of a shirt.

• An expense account slip billed to the Canadian Cancer Society shows items such as gas, phone calls, suntan lotion, rain clothes, taxi fares and shipping Terry's artificial leg for repairs.

• One page from Doug Alward's notebook lists expense items including socks, toothpaste, can openers, gum, shoe repair goo, chocolate bars, oranges and doing laundry.
Medium: Radio
Program: Sound of Sports
Broadcast Date: June 8, 1980
Guest(s): Terry Fox
Host: Fred Walker
Duration: 3:47

Last updated: April 2, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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