Facts about Terry
July 28, 1958 - Terrance Stanley Fox is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
March 9, 1977 - Terry discovers he has a malignant tumour in his right leg; the leg is amputated six inches above the knee. The night before his amputation he reads about an amputee runner and dreams of running.
February 1979 - 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 - 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, 1980 - 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 - 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 - 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 - The CTV network organizes a star-studded telethon, lasting five hours and raising $10 million.
September 18, 1980 - Terry Fox becomes the youngest Companion of the Order of Canada in a special ceremony in his hometown of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.
October 21, 1980 - Terry Fox is awarded British Columbia's highest civilian award; The Order of the Dogwood.
November 22, 1980 - The American Cancer Society presents Terry with their highest award; The Sword of Hope.
December 18, 1980 - Canadian sports editors vote Terry Fox the Lou Marsh Award for outstanding athletic accomplishment.
December 23, 1980 - Editors of Canadian Press member newspapers and the radio and television stations serviced by Broadcast News name Terry Fox Canadian of the Year. Terry received this honour again in 1981 after his death in June.
February 1, 1981 - Terry's hope of raising $1 from every Canadian to fight cancer is realized. The national population reaches 24.1 million; the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund totals $24.17 million.
June 28, 1981 - After treatment with chemotherapy and interferon, Terry Fox dies at Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, British Columbia - one month short of his twenty-third birthday.
July 17, 1981 - British Columbia names a 2,639-metre (8,658 foot) peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mount Terry Fox, as a lasting symbol of Terry's courage.
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