Terry Fox's Iconic Marathon Made History 35 Years Ago

The man who made history continues to inspire Canadians through his legacy.

It's been over three and a half decades since Terry Fox, a man undeterred by illness, swept the nation by setting forth on a Canada-wide journey in efforts to raised money for cancer research. Though succumbing to his malady after completing only half of his cross-country journey on September 1st 1980, Fox's noble cause has sounded in the hearts of Canadians young and old. The Marathon of Hope raised 24.1 million dollars and the promptly named Terry Fox Run has raised over 700 million dollars to date. His selfless acts and unparalleled determination has forever changed the face of medical research.

Every year since his passing, The Terry Fox Run has encouraged thousands of Canadians to run in honour this great man and has continued to bring life to the millions of cancer sufferers and survivors the world over. This year we commemorate 35 years of continued hope in efforts to find a cure for cancer.

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From the Chronicle Herald

Terry Fox Run Information: 

The Terry Fox Run will take place on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. At this time thousands of participants will take to the streets all over Canada to continue the tradition of running to raise money for cancer research. Each community has specifically mapped routes that participants can either walk or run at their leisure.

If you'd like to participate in the Annual Terry Fox Run but haven't registered yet, you can visit terryfox.org or click on the links below for all of the details on how to be a part of this years events.

Elementary and High schools will also be holding separate runs for students. If you'd like to donate to a school in your community, visit the Terry Fox National School Run Day donations page. Your donation directly sponsors a student runner and all proceeds go towards finding a cure for cancer.

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Terry Fox Heritage Minute

New Historical Minute commemorates 35th year 

Historica Canada has created a new Canadian Minute promoting the 35th anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope. The video was put together with a tremendous amount of detail in replicating Canada the way it was in 1980 and features an actor strikingly similar in appearance to Fox. This heartfelt one minute vignette is a reminder of just how much of an impact one man made on an entire nation.

Click the image above to see the full video. 

Historica Canada Website

Terry Fox Research Legacy

Click here for the Full Story of Terry Fox

Want to know more about the Annual Terry Fox Run? Like Sunset Country on Facebook to keep up to date on events happening in your community.

About Travis Heath

Travis Heath is a graduate of the Film Production Program in Thunder Bay. He worked as a Writing Intern providing content for Ontario's Sunset Country in Kenora.

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