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Reliving Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope: Day 93

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 is having great success fundraising in Mississauga and Oakville, Ontario, but he's still reveling in the memories of his time in Toronto. In this clip, CBC Radio's Sound of Sports features audio highlights of the historic visit, including Terry's rousing City Hall speech and the tribute he received from Daryl Sittler. The show also discusses the unprecedented money Terry is raising as he travels through southern Ontario, and a rumour that he will be honoured by the federal government.
• The fundraising in southern Ontario was wildly successful, with some days bringing in as much as $20,000. Fundraising events varied considerably: they ranged from a silver-plate dinner with politicians and corporate executives, to a Hamilton man raising $912 by sitting in a giant vat of banana-lemon custard.

• In Hamilton, Ont., Terry was mobbed by women at the Royal Botanical Gardens, and 1960 Canadian Marathon Championships winner Gord Dickson gave Terry his gold medal. Although all money went to the Canadian Cancer Society, Terry did accept mementos. Among the gifts sent to him was a hand-knitted leg warmer for a single leg.

• In Stratford, Ont., Terry was kissed by famed British actress Dame Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, California Suite, The First Wives Club, Gosford Park as well as Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter films). The meeting took place between fittings for a new artificial leg.

• Terry Fox also got to meet another of his hockey idols, Bobby Orr, during a trip to Toronto. Orr presented Terry with a cheque for $25,000 from his sponsor, Planter's Peanuts. The two had dinner together. According to the Ottawa Citizen, when Orr went to the washroom, Terry stole some of his croutons. "Now I can tell my grandkids that I stole some of Bobby Orr's croutons," he told Canadian Cancer Society representative Bill Vigars.

• According to Douglas Coupland's book Terry, more than 200 people wrote songs for Terry Fox. The most famous was Run, Terry, Run, heard in this radio item. It was written by Vern Kennedy, who donated all royalties to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Medium: Radio
Program: Sound of Sports
Broadcast Date: July 13, 1980
Guest(s): Terry Fox, Darryl Sittler
Host: Fred Walker
Reporter: Dick Vanelis
Duration: 6:20

Last updated: April 2, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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