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A Canadian Hero

by JP Bill / April 10, 2005 9:46 PM PDT
Terry Fox's courage and grit electrified Canada and touched millions of hearts

After five months and 5,373 kilometres, cancer caught up with Terrance Stanley Fox. But by the time the disease stopped him, the boy from British Columbia had already turned his big dream into a national phenomenon, one that's raised millions for cancer research and has become a milestone in Canadian heroism.

He was Terry Fox. He is a national icon.

"For that summer, it was like the entire country was one giant grandstand cheering for this guy, for this athlete," St. Thomas native Bill Vigars -- who helped organize Fox's run through the summer of 1980 -- said yesterday.

"The whole country was electrified."

Of course, Fox didn't start with such fanfare.

On April 12, 1980 -- 25 years ago tomorrow -- the young unknown quietly began his Marathon of Hope in Newfoundland with a near-impossible goal: to take his now-famous trot, two hops on his good leg for every one on the prosthetic one, right across Canada.
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He was a hero to many
by MarciaB / April 10, 2005 10:08 PM PDT
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and I'm pleased to see that he continues to be honored.

I was about 21 y.o. when he began his marathon. I remember the feelings of hope and admiration for him.

Thanks, JP


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(NT) (NT) bad link :-( *****************************
by jonah jones / April 10, 2005 10:27 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) thank you for posting this it was very touching
by Mark5019 / April 10, 2005 11:25 PM PDT
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