Toronto Mike

Marathon of Hope


Twenty-five years ago today, Terry Fox was forced to abandon his Marathon of Hope for cancer research just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Terry Fox was a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, who was diagnosed with cancer in his right leg in 1977 at the age of 18. Two years later he began training for a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research. On April 12, 1980 he began his journey in St. John's, Newfoundland, running an average of 43 kms (26 miles) a day through six provinces. On September 1st, after 143 days and 5,565 kms (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside Thunder Bay because his cancer had spread to his lungs. He died less than a year later, on June 28, 1981, a month short of his 23rd birthday.

Terry Fox is a true Canadian hero.  When dealt a lethal blow by life, his spirit triumphed is truly heroic fashion.  I remember cheering Terry on during his 143 day run and feeling the sadness when he was forced to stop before succumbing to his cancer.  Terry touched each and every one of us during his brief life.

The annual Terry Fox Run brings in over $14 million yearly for cancer research. Visit for more information.

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