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End of the road for Terry Fox as cancer returns

The night before his right leg was amputated, Terry Fox read about an amputee who ran the New York City Marathon. The article inspired Terry's Marathon of Hope, an incredible cross-Canada run on an artificial leg to raise money for cancer research. Terry was forced to end his run when his cancer returned. He died on June 28, 1981, but his legacy lives on in the annual Terry Fox Run.

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Canadians everywhere are stunned and heartbroken: Terry Fox's cancer has returned and his Marathon of Hope must end near Thunder Bay, Ont. Terry has run 5,373 kilometres after 143 days on the road.
On the verge of tears, Terry Fox lies on a stretcher and tells reporters he has cancer in his lungs and must go home for more treatment.
• Terry was convinced his cancer would not return and had refused to see a doctor for a checkup during his run.
• Days after the run ended, a national telethon for Terry on CTV raised more than $10 million for cancer research, including two $1-million pledges from the B.C. and Ontario governments.
• Terry turned down many offers from people who wanted to complete his Marathon, including one from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Sept. 2, 1980
Guest(s): Terry Fox, Betty Fox
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Terry Matte
Duration: 3:53

Last updated: September 3, 2014

Page consulted on September 3, 2014

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