Terry Fox in 1980, alongside some of the stars on the Walk of Fame (Photos: AP)
More than 33 years after he embarked on his Marathon of Hope, Canadian hero Terry Fox is being inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Fox, who died from cancer this very week in 1981, heads a list of inductees that includes jazz great Oscar Peterson, actor Alan Thicke and soccer star Christine Sinclair.
What was surprising about today's announcement was that Fox had not previously been inducted in the Walk of Fame's 15-year history. As the Walk of Fame web site points out, over $600 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry's name through the annual Terry Fox Run.
We asked some great Canadians to share their memories of Terry on the show a while back. Here's what they had to say:
To see where the current stars are located in Toronto, check out interactive map of the block (click the image to explore):
It's worth noting that, while American inductees pay $30,000 to receive their Hollywood star, there is no charge in Canada.
Alongside Fox, today's announcement of 2013 inductees includes:
- Music super producer Bob Ezrin. You may have seen his name in the liner notes of Alice Cooper's 1972 'School's Out', Floyd's 'The Wall', Kiss's 'Destroyer' or, if this is more your speed, Taylor Swift's latest live album.
- Actor Victor Garber. When you've done time on the 'Titanic' and played a super-spy/Jennifer Garner's dad on 'Alias', you get a star.
- Piano genius Oscar Peterson. Another surprise here: Peterson, who passed away in 2007, had yet to be inducted.
- Activists Craig and Marc Kielburger, the founders of Me To We. Watch their interview with George here:
- Soccer star Christine Sinclair, who carried the flag for Canada at the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.
- And everyone's favourite TV Dad, Growing Pains' Alan Thicke. As if his acting wasn't enough, he also wrote the theme song to 'Facts of Life' - and the original theme for 'Wheel of Fortune'. He told George all about in the red chair:
Carly Rae Jepsen will receive this year's Allan Slaight Award that recognizes young, inspirational Canadians.
Nearly 30,000 people from 130 countries submitted their nominations to Canada's Walk of Fame online.
Potential candidates must have been born or spent their formative years in Canada, with a minimum of 10 years of success in their field under their belts.
The person's recognized body of work also has to have significantly influenced our cultural heritage.
The Canada's Walk of Fame Awards will take place on September 21, 2013 in Toronto and will feature special guest performances and celebrity presenters. A televised version will air in the Fall on Global.
Strombo.com contacted the Walk of Fame committee and asked about Terry Fox's induction, and why it may have taken some time before he made it in. Here's what they told us:
"There are many factors associated with each selection, including availability of the inductee (or their family if posthumous) to be present and the number of nominations received from the public," Dan McGrath, the Chair of Canada's Walk of Fame, wrote in an email.