OTTAWA -- Today marks the 30th anniversary of Terry Fox’s remarkable attempt to run across Canada raising money for cancer research. This 22-year old one-legged hero ran an average of 42 km every day, starting in St. John’s, Newfoundland and making it all the way to Thunder Bay, Ontario. He was the first to set out on such a cross-country fundraising tour and had a goal of raising a million dollars, well surpassed by the end of his run when he achieved donations of over $22 million. Terry Fox’s legacy lives on with his foundation, continuing to raise money for cancer research and helping those living with cancer.
“Terry Fox epitomizes what it means to try your best,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May. “His stubborn optimism is such an inspiration for all of us who are trying to make the world a better place. One day at a time, one step at a time, we can all make a difference and that is what Terry Fox has taught us.”