Terry Fox Essay

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TERRANCE STANLEY FOX Terrance Stanley Fox was born on July 28, 1958, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.Terrance Stanley Fox was also known as Terry Fox.I choose Terry Fox for my historica beacuse i wanted know what was so interesting that he did for all of us Canadians. He was an enthusiastic athlete, playing soccer, rugby and baseball as a child. His dedication was for basketball and though he stood only five feet tall and was a poor player at the time, Fox sought (tryed) to make his school team in grade eight. His physical education teacher and basketball coach Junior High felt he was better suited to be a distance runner and encouraged him to take up the sport.Terry Fox had no desire for cross-country running, but took it up because he respected and wanted to please his coach. He was determined to continue playing basketball. On November 12, 1976, as Terry Fox was driving home , he became distracted by nearby bridge construction, and crashed into the back of a pickup truck. While his car was left undriveable, Fox emerged with only a sore right knee. He again felt pain in December, but chose to ignore it until the end of basketball season. By March 1977, the pain had intensified and he finally went to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of cancer that often starts near the knees.Terry Fox believed his car accident weakened his knee and left it vulnerable to the disease, though his doctors argued there was no connection. He was told that his leg had to be amputated.With the help of an artificial leg Terry Fox was walking in three weeks after the amputation. The Marathon of Hope began on April 12, 1980, when Fox dipped his right leg in the Atlantic Ocean near St. John's, Newfoundland, and filled two large bottles with ocean water. He intended to keep one as a memory and pour the other into the Pacific Ocean upon completing his journey at

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