Late Man Behind Largest 1 Day Fundraiser Continues To Change Lives
Terry Fox was a distance runner and basketball player for Simon Fraser College. Early in his college career he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had to amputate his right leg, putting an end to his collegiate athletics.
Terry wouldn't let his new circumstances confine him; he continued to run with a prosthetic leg and played wheelchair basketball. In 1980, 3 years after his amputation, Terry decided to raise money by running across Canada. He made it half-way across the country, when cancer claimed his run, and shortly thereafter his life, but his journey inspired the nation and the world.
The Terry Fox Run has become a global charity and the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research. Terry Fox was the youngest person to be named a Companion to the Order of Canada and titled “Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year” in both 1980 and 1981. The 35th anniversary of his first run is September 20th, 2015.