Terry Fox and Me

Terry Fox and Me is a picture book written by Mary Beth Leatherdale and illustrated by Milan Pavlović

Terry Fox and Me, written by Mary Beth Leatherdale and illustrated by Milan Pavlović

Before Terry Fox become a national hero and icon, he was just a regular kid. But even then, his characteristic strength, determination and loyalty were apparent and were the foundation for his friendship with Doug. The two first met at basketball tryouts in grammar school. Terry was the smallest - and worst - basketball player on the court. But that didn't stop him. With Doug's help, Terry practiced and practiced until he earned a spot on the team. As they grew up, the best friends supported each other, challenged each other, helped each other become better athletes and better people. Doug was by Terry's side every step of the way: when Terry received a diagnosis of cancer in his leg, when he was learning to walk — then run — with a prosthetic leg and while he was training for the race of his life, his Marathon of Hope.

Written from Doug's perspective, this story shows that Terry Fox's legacy goes beyond the physical and individual accomplishments of a disabled athlete and honours the true value of friendship. (From Tundra Books)

Mary Beth Leatherdale is an author and storyteller based in Toronto. She, along with co-writer Lisa Charleyboy, won the Best Young Adult Book at the 2018 AILA Youth Literature Awards for their anthology #NotYourPrincess.

Milan Pavlović is a illustrator, graphic artist and educator from Toronto. He is the illustrator of several children's books, including The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle by Anne Renaud.

More about Terry Fox

The Marathon of Hope lives on

42 years ago
Duration 6:06
By 1981 people everywhere are running for Terry Fox and celebrating his achievement.

In memory of Terry Fox

42 years ago
Duration 1:35
Thousands of Canadians take to the streets as part of the first annual Terry Fox Run. Leading the charge is Terry's close friend Rick Hansen.

First annual Terry Fox Run in 1981

42 years ago
Duration 6:08
By 1981 people everywhere are running for Terry Fox and celebrating his achievement.

The Fox family's dream

24 years ago
Duration 7:44
Nearly two decades after Terry's run, Betty and Darrell Fox still hope a cure for cancer can be found.

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