Terry Fox Essay

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For my essay I chose Terry Fox. I chose him because he is a true hero. He raised more than $360 million for cancer research and awareness by running ultramarathons through the Marathon of Hope organizations with an artificial leg. Clearly, Terry Fox, who ran over 42 km a day through wind and snow with an artificial leg, displayed the characteristics of a true hero who set a standard of excellence, raised money for cancer research, and most of all, inspired people to never give up their dreams or hopes. He was an inspiration for people to never give up on their hopes and dreams. Terry Stanley Fox, born July 28th 1958, in Winnipeg Manitoba and raised in Port Coquitlam British Columbia. 1977 Terry Fox was a young athletic kinesiology student at Simon Fraser University. After having bad pain in his right knee , he decided it was time to go to the doctor so , Terry was 19 years old and he was diagonsed with osteosarcoma, a malignant type of bone cancer. The night before his surgery , Terry read a story of an amputee who ran in the New York Marathon. While at the hospital, he felt sorry for those who had related cancer problems. Especially the children. After thinking long and hard, he decided he would make a marathon run across Canada to raise money specifically for cancer research. With help from the Canadian Cancer Society, Terry began his “Marathon of Hope” run at St.Johns, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980. Covering 26 miles a day, he continued to run with a hop-skipping motion across six provinces. September 1st, 1980 when he reached Thunder Bay, Ontario, Before returning to BC for treatment Terry said, "I'm gonna do my very best. I'll fight. I promise I won't give up."Canadians responded by pledging to have the run on a yearly basis and numerous contribution started to come in. The Marathon of Hope idea has spread around the world and it is estimated to have raised

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