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Terry Fox (1958-1981)

Terry Fox

Photo by contributor Parks Canada - Posted December, 2011

Terry Fox

Photo by contributors Peter and Gloria - Posted July, 2012

Terry Fox

Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons

Plaque Location

The District of Thunder Bay
The City of Thunder Bay
On Highway 11/17, 7.5 km east
of its intersection with Highway 102


Coordinates: N 48 29.083 W 89 10.100

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Plaque Text

While in remission from cancer, Terry Fox set out to run across Canada in 1980 to raise money for cancer research. Despite having lost his right leg to the disease, this determined athlete ran 5,373 kilometres - nearly a marathon a day for 143 straight days - before being forced to stop east of this spot in the community of Shuniah when his cancer returned. His "Marathon of Hope" captivated Canadians with its bold humanitarianism, transformed our vocabulary about personal courage, and revolutionized fund-raising. To date, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised by Fox and in his name to the benefit of cancer sufferers around the world. The heroic nature and tragic interruption of his run have made Terry Fox an enduring Canadian icon.

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