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Terry Fox

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Terry Fox inspires the nation with his Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. (1980)

Having lost his leg to cancer at the age of eighteen, Terry Fox embarked on his Marathon of Hope to raise money for the fight against cancer. For 143 consecutive days, he ran 42 kilometres or the equivalent of a marathon each day. Sadly, Terry had only completed two-thirds of his journey when he died at age twenty-two. Since then, annual Terry Fox Runs have been held across Canada and in over 50 countries. Terry's Marathon of Hope continues, with more than $250 million raised, nearly ten dollars for every Canadian.