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Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope montage

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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Through blisters and breakdowns, snowstorms and fatigue, Terry Fox pushes on through Eastern Canada. His experiences range from cars forcing him off the road to meeting the prime minister in Ottawa.
From the shores of Cape Breton to the heart of Toronto, Terry stays in touch with CBC Radio to tell of his trials and triumphs.
• Terry Fox got up at 4 a.m. to start running and ran until about 5 p.m.
• Near Sydney, N.S., a truck ran into the CBC vehicle covering Terry's run and forced it into a ditch. Luckily, Terry was not hit.
• Near Rivière-du-Loup, Que., Terry wrote, "The only people here who know about the Run are the truckers and the out-of-province people. Everyone else wants to stop and give me a lift."

• Terry celebrated his 22nd birthday with 2,000 people in Gravenhurst, Ont. One of his gifts was a new artificial limb.
• As Terry approached Wawa, Ont., he had to run up Montreal River Hill, a three kilometre uphill climb. The shirt Terry wore that day said "Montreal River Here I Come" on the front, and "I've Got You Beat" on the back.
Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Magazine
Broadcast Date: Sept. 7, 1980
Guest(s): Terry Fox
Host: Bob Oxley
Duration: 4:43

Last updated: January 11, 2012

Page consulted on July 31, 2014

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