09-16-2005, 08:23 AM #1Former Member
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Here's to you, Terry Fox
Canada celebrates the life of Terry Fox
For 25 years, schools across the country have held their own Terry Fox Runs in memory of the athlete from Port Coquitlam who, despite losing a leg to cancer, set out to run across Canada for cancer research.
But rarely do all these runs happen on the same day.
However, this year is different.
On the 25th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run, all participating schools are holding their runs today, to stand unified for cancer research and Terry Fox's vision.
The big school run isn't the only thing commemorating the Terry Fox Foundation's 25th birthday.
Earlier this month, the Foundation came out with the limited edition Terry Fox Replica Shoes, which look exactly like the indigo Adidas runners that carried Terry Fox 3,107 miles - or more than 5,000 kilometres - across the Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario in the summer of 1980.
In March, the Royal Canadian Mint released a $1 commemorative coin featuring Terry Fox, representing the $1 Fox asked each and every Canadian to donate to cancer research.
And, author Maxine Trottier is giving all the profits made from her newly released children's book, Terry Fox: A Story of Hope, to the Foundation.
The Foundation has also published a special 25th anniversary book that features more than 145 pages of colour photos.
"It's quite amazing what's happening. It's way beyond what we anticipated and Terry would be extremely happy with what he did," said Bill Vigars, who was Terry's publicist on his run and is now helping out Darrel Fox and the Terry Fox Foundation with their 25th anniversary run.
Terry Fox was forced to stop running just outside Thunder Bay, Ontario, after he found out the cancer had spread to his lungs. He died June 28, 1981 at age 22.
"All Terry was about was raising money, and it's heartwarming to see how the country has embraced his dream. I know (the family) is full of pride and miss him terribly, but it's a wonderful way for his memory to live on."
09-16-2005, 09:31 AM #2Former Member
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He was a courageours and remarkable young man and his legacy of of his memory will forever be in the memory of Canada.....
He was and still is an inspiration to all who have battled cancer or who have benefited from research made possible through donations......
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