Running Home. A Young Man With Cancer Sets Goal of Raising 24 Million Dollars for Research
If I asked you to tell me who the most famous athlete is in Canadian History is, I would bet you’d say Wayne Gretzky. But this story isn’t about a hockey player. It’s about a young man with cancer and the way he inspired a nation.
Terry Fox lost his right leg in 1977 to cancer. He was so taken with the other young people and little children he had met during his treatments – kids with the same disease – that he set out on a mission to change things and make a difference. He set out to end cancer by raising money for research.
With a lofty goal of running across Canada, Terry would run daily at a distance of 26 miles per day. Now, mind you, Terry Fox is an amputee. He lost his right leg to cancer. He would run a marathon a day on a prosthetic.
In 1980 he started Marathon of Hope and began his journey, a journey that would inspire a country, and the world. Terry ran a total of 3339 miles in 143 days when he fell ill and was soon after diagnosed with lung cancer. He was not able to continue, but the good people of Canada would not let that put an end to Terry’s fundraising goal and stepped forward in a huge way.
Take a moment to watch his story, it’s fascinating, inspiring, and exceptionally motivating.
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