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Terry Fox - Marathon of Hope end
Canada

Terry Fox (1958-1981) remains one of the most influential athletes in Canadian history, best known for his Marathon of Hope in which he attempted to trek from coast to coast across Canada w/ an artificial leg in the hopes of raising money & awareness for cancer research.  On November 12, 1976 while driving home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, he was distracted by bridge construction when he crashed into the back of a pickup truck.  The incident left him w/ a sore right knee, though the pain he felt a month later & in March 1977 the pain intensified as doctors diagnosed him w/ osteosarcoma, in which he had to have his leg amputated w/ a minimal chance of survival.  He was given an artificial leg & had an ongoing recovery w/ the cancer subdued.  Shortly afterwards, after given an article about Dick Traum, the first amputee to complete a New York City marathon, which eventually led to his own Marathon of Hope campaign to run across country to raise $1 from each of Canada's 24 million citizens at the time for cancer research.  His trek began on April 12, 1980 when he set off from St. John's, Newfoundland en route to Victoria, British Columbia.  As the marathon took a toll on his body, he didn't stop until his 143rd day when he was experienced coughing & chest pains near Thunder Bay, Ontario to which by that time cancer had spread to his lungs, forcing him to stop after 5,373 kilometers (3,339 miles) of running.  By that time he had raised over $1.7 million & months afterwards he had received chemotherapy treatments until on June 19, 1981 he had contracted pneumonia & fell into a coma.  Fox died at 4:35am on June 28, 1981, one month before his 23rd birthday.  His legacy of the marathon has led to advance research in cancer, higher survival rates of other patients w/ osteosarcoma, as well as a number of places & features around Canada named in his honor.  In recent years the TransCanada Highway has expanded here into a freeway w/ this signpost marking the exact spot where Fox had to resign his Marathon.

 

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