Thunder Bay in Thunder Bay District, Ontario — Central Canada
Terrance Stanley Fox
July 28, 1958 - June 28, 1981
I believe in miracles...
I have to...
Because somewhere the hurting must stop."
Terry Fox inspired this nation with his dream - his MARATHON OF HOPE - a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research.
This courageous young man from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, knew only too well the ravages of cancer...because at 18 he had lost his right leg to the disease, and etched in his mind was the pain and suffering on the faces of other cancer victims. Determined not to leave this "World of Miracles" before a cure had been found, he planned his 5,300-mile marathon.
After dipping his foot in the Atlantic, he began his epic in St. John's, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980.
Running 26 miles a day, this outstanding young athlete had conquered five provinces by the time he had reached Ontario in June. Then, at mile number 3,339, near this very site, recurring cancer forced him to give up his run.
"It feels good to give", he told the people of Ontario who responded wholeheartedly to his courage and his dream, and through his perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, he inspired an outpouring of immense national pride and a flood of $24 million for cancer research.
To the people of Ontario, Terry gave us pride - pride in having known him and, briefly,
To every Canadian, he left us his challenge - a challenge each of us will meet in our own way.
"They desire a better country"
Terry Fox never understood why Canadians honoured him with so many awards.
Governor General Edward Schreyer invested Terry Fox with this nation's highest civilian award, September 19, 1980.
The youngest companion of the order, awarded to Canada's heroes, Terry Fox shared the honour, accepting it, as he said, "For the all the people who have cancer and all who made my run a success."
In addition, Terry was named "Canadian of the Year" in 1980 and 1981, and winner of the Lou Marsh Award for Canada's Outstanding Athlete of 1980.
On August 29, 1981, he was posthumously inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
He was also presented with the province of British Columbia's highest honour, the Order of the Dogwood.
And from the American Cancer Society, he received their prestigious Sword of Hope.
In addition, from the Canadian Cancer Society he was awarded the Terry Fox Citation of Honour.
Location. 48° 29.065′ N, 89° 10.083′ W. Marker is in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Thunder Bay District. Marker is on Trans-Canada Highway Touch for map. Marker/statue can be seen on top of a bluff overlooking the Trans-Canada Highway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Trans-Canada Highway, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 0A1, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Terry Fox (within shouting distance of this marker); C.D. Howe (approx. 6.1 kilometers away); Sir William C. Van Horne (approx. 6.5 kilometers away); The Reverend Richard Baxter, S.J., 1821-1904 (approx. 6.6 kilometers away); Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda (approx. 6.7 kilometers away); Connaught Square (approx. 6.7 kilometers away); Col. Elizabeth Smellie 1884-1968 (approx. 6.8 kilometers away); Simon James Dawson (approx. 7.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thunder Bay.
Also see . . . Wikipedia - Terry Fox. (Submitted on August 22, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 22, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.