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why do we run for terry fox

July 28, 1958
P Terrance Stanley Fox is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. March 9, 1977 P Terry discovers he has a malignant tumour in his right leg; the leg is amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee. The night before his amputation he reads about an amputee runner and dreams of running. February 1979 P Terry begins training for his Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research and awareness. During his training he runs over 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles). October 15, 1979 P Terry writes to the Canadian Cancer Society to support his run: I m not a dreamer, and I m not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles.


I have to. April 12, 1980P St John s, Newfoundland: Terry dips his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean and begins his odyssey. He runs an average of 42 kilometres a day (26 miles) through six provinces. September 1, 1980 P After 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles) Terry stopped running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario; his primary cancer had spread to his lungs. Before returning to BC for treatment Terry said, I m gonna do my very best. I ll fight. I promise I won t give up.


September 2, 1980 P Isadore Sharp, Chairman and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, telegrams the Fox family with a commitment to organize a fundraising run that would be held every year in Terry s name. He writes, You started it. We will not rest until your dream to find a cure for cancer is realized. September 9, 1980 P The CTV network organizes a star-studded telethon, lasting five hours and raising $10 million. The Terry Fox Run is an annual non-competitive charity event held in numerous regions around the world in commemoration of Canadian activist, and his, and to raise money for cancer research.


The event was founded in 1981 by, who contacted Terry in hospital by telegram and expressed his wishes to hold an annual run in Terry's name to raise funds for cancer research. Sharp himself had lost a son to cancer in 1979. The event is held every year on the second Sunday following. Since its inception, it has raised via the 'Terry Fox Foundation' over $750 million ( ). The run itself is informal which means that the distance often varies, usually between 5 and 15 kilometres; participation is considered to be more important than completing the set distance. There are also runs set up by schools of every level, often with shorter distances than the "official" ones.


Unlike other major fund raising events, the Terry Fox Run has no corporate sponsorship. This is in accordance with Terry Fox's original wishes of not seeking fame or fortune from his endeavour. During his cross-Canada run, he turned down every endorsement he was offered (including from major multinationals such as McDonald's), as he felt that it would detract from his goal of creating public awareness. The Terry Fox Runs have no advertisements on any race related materials (such as T-shirts, banners, etc. ).

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