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Terry prepares for his run

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.

After 4,000 kilometres of training, Terry Fox is eager to begin his Marathon of Hope. In addition to raising money for cancer research, Terry wants to prove to other cancer victims that any challenge can be overcome.
Terry tells CBC Radio's Ted Withers how he customized his artificial leg, its mechanical problems and how he will deal with the inevitable roadside breakdowns. As for organic problems like blisters and shin splints: he just accepts them.
• During his 16 months of chemotherapy, Terry saw patients being brave and some who had given up hope. "There were feelings of hopeful denial and the feelings of despair," he wrote in 1979. "I could not leave knowing these faces and feelings would still exist, even though I would be set free from mine. Somewhere the hurting must stop...and I was determined to take myself to the limit for this cause."
Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News
Broadcast Date: April 11, 1980
Guest(s): Terry Fox
Reporter: Ted Withers
Duration: 7:51

Last updated: January 10, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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