Marathon of Hope

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Canadians take part in the Terry Fox Run. Find out more about this heroic young man.


It seemed like a crazy dream — running across the country to raise a dollar from every Canadian to fight the cancer that had taken Terry Fox’s leg. But this determined young B.C. man knew he could do it. From April to August of 1980, he ran a marathon every day, all the way from St. John’s, NL, to the spot near Thunder Bay, Ont., where the cancer returned and he had to give up. Although he died in 1981, Terry Fox continues to inspire Canadians of all ages. The Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $650 million.