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Reliving Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope: Day 9

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 first week on the road has been rough: howling winds, snow, hills and mechanical breakdowns. There have also been frustrating lapses in publicity, where Terry runs through towns where people have no idea who he is. But, as we hear in this telephone interview, last night changed all that. The entire town of Gambo, Nfld., turned out for a reception in the fire hall, and suddenly Terry's vision of raising a million dollars seems within reach.
. In his journal entry from this day, Terry had this to say about his reception at the Gambo fire hall:
"It was really beautiful. The mayors of Glovertown and Gambo introduced me and then I talked to the crowd. In fifteen minutes we raised more than $700 in a town with less than 3,000 people. It was a fantastic feeling and a day I will never forget because I hope it is a start of things to come."

. Terry's journal also noted how many people were taking his photograph, and that "I find the downhills very jarring on my body."
. His positive experience in Gambo was not repeated the following day in Gander, where there had been little publicity:
"We drove to Gander city hall where there were three people waiting for us, including the mayor. It was a great disappointment considering the day before in Gambo."
Medium: Radio
Program: Sound of Sports
Broadcast Date: April 20, 1980
Guest(s): Terry Fox
Host: Rick Cluff
Duration: 3:52

Last updated: April 2, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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