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Terry Fox (athlete, humanitarian and cancer treatment activist)

Terry Fox

born - July 28, 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
died - June 28, 1981

Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer treatment activist.

He became famous for what became known as the Marathon of Hope, his cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research.

Fox ran with one prosthetic leg

Fox began the Marathon of Hope when he dipped his prosthetic leg in the Atlantic Ocean in St. John's, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with plans to dip it in the Pacific Ocean when he arrived in Victoria, British Columbia at the end of his run.

Running about 42 km (26.2 miles) a day, the distance of a typical marathon was a feat no one had ever attempted before

Unfortune would befall Fox when he was unable to finish his run due to his bone cancer had metastasized to his lungs.

After 143 days, on September 1, 1980, he had to stop his run, just north-east of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Terry had run 5,373 km (3,339 miles, or around 23.3 miles per day) through Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario.

After Terry was forced to stop, the CTV television network organized a telethon in hopes of raising additional funds for the cause and the event raised millions of dollars.

Terry Fox is considered one of Canada's greatest heroes of the 20th century and is celebrated internationally every September as people participate in the Terry Fox Run, the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.