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Reliving Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope: Day 92

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's long-awaited visit to Toronto has exceeded his wildest expectations. His whirlwind tour included speeches in front of thousands of admirers, a standing ovation at Exhibition Stadium, dining at the CN Tower and running with his hockey idol Daryl Sittler. But now, it's back to life on the road. This clip is a compilation of footage shot during his run from Toronto to Oakville. (Look carefully and you'll see his shirt change from shot to shot.)
• In this clip and others from this period, you'll notice police motorcycles accompanying Terry as he runs. When he ran through Canada's eastern provinces, Terry had to contend with speeding cars and trucks that sometimes forced him off the road. In Ontario, the Ontario Provincial Police offered the runner a police escort across the entire province.


• After Toronto, Terry Fox embarked on a very successful swing through densely populated southern Ontario. His run took him through Brampton, Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, London and Stratford. Each stop generated significant funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

• In her book Terry Fox: His Story, author Leslie Scrivener (who covered the Marathon of Hope for the Toronto Star) describes the fundraising success in Oakville. The week before Terry arrived, Oakville Cancer Society volunteer Joan Gibb noted that $235 had been collected, and prepared an oversized cheque to present to him. By the time Terry's brother Darrell arrived, the total was changed to $8,600. When Terry showed up just two hours later, the amount was $11,239.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: July 12, 1980
Guest(s): Terry Fox

Last updated: April 2, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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