Terry Fox

  1. I think he should have won best Canadian in the survey the CBC did last year. His foundation has raised more than 360 million for cancer research (less than 2% of which is used for administrative costs thanks to his family running the foundation themselves). It was interesting to see that the cure rate for the cancer that claimed his life has doubled since he died. My cousins participated in the run and fundraising in Toronto.

    http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/natio...520050917.html

    Terry Fox ran 5,373 kilometres over 143 days in 1980. His fundraising goal was to raise $1 dollar for cancer research for every Canadian, which would have been about $24 million in 1980.
    Last edit by fergus51 on Sep 17, '05
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   fab4fan
    I agree, fergus!
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    YES!
    A wonderful legacy.
  5. by   Tweety
    Awesome. Has it really been 25 years? His TV bio shown here moved me to tears when I saw it.
  6. by   fergus51
    Quote from Tweety
    Awesome. Has it really been 25 years? His TV bio shown here moved me to tears when I saw it.
    I was only a kid when he died. I have no memory of that time, but I did the Terry Fox run in school every year too. I just thought his story is so amazing. This guy who grew up not far from me managed to have such an enormous impact with his life.
  7. by   Tweety
    Quote from fergus51
    I was only a kid when he died. I have no memory of that time, but I did the Terry Fox run in school every year too. I just thought his story is so amazing. This guy who grew up not far from me managed to have such an enormous impact with his life.

    Obviously in Canada he is an Icon, but I have vivid memories of his work and the publicity he got in America and the TV movie of his life (though the movie is getting a bit hazy). It's amazing 25 years later, and I still can't believe it's been 25 years, people are still talking about and inspired by him.

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