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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

Terry Fox

1958 – 1981

 
 
Terry Fox Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
1. Terry Fox Marker
Inscription. Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. An active teenage involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimeters (six inches) above the knee in 1977. While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.

He would call his journey the Marathon of Hope.

After 18 months’ and running over 5,000 kilometers (3,107 miles) to prepare, Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little fanfare. Although it was difficult to garner attention in the beginning, enthusiasm soon grew, and the money collected along his route began to mount. Her ran 42 kilometers (26 miles) a day through Canada’s Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario. It was a journey that Canadians never forgot. However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5, 374 kilometer (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs. An entire nation was stunned and saddened. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at age 22.

The heroic Canadian

Terry Fox Statue image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
2. Terry Fox Statue
was gone, but his legacy was just beginning.

“Somewhere the hurting must stop...”
“Dreams are made possible if you try.”
“I believe in miracles. I have to.”
 
Location. 48° 24.539′ N, 123° 22.154′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is on Douglas Street just from Dallas Road. Touch for map. This statue is located in Beacon Hill Park near the beginning of the Trans Canada Highway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Journey For Lives” (a few steps from this marker); "Tomorrow Run 91" (within shouting distance of this marker); Le Legs De La Famille Côté (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Beacon Hill (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Twinning of Morioka, Japan and Victoria (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Beacon Hill Park (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Signs of Lekwungen (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Finlayson Point (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Terry Fox - Wikipedia.

Terry Fox Statue image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
3. Terry Fox Statue
The Terry Fox marker is on the back of the statue base,
(Submitted on November 6, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
Mile 0 of the Trans Canada Highway - Terry Fox's Unattained Goal image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
4. Mile 0 of the Trans Canada Highway - Terry Fox's Unattained Goal
The Terry Fox statue is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 689 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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