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Terry Fox

by Stephanie from Calgary

"Somewhere the hurting must end."
Terry Fox Web (I made it with Inspiration (I did))
Terry Fox Web (I made it with Inspiration (I did))

These are the reasons why I chose Terry Fox as my hero. He was so brave. He tried to run across Canada. He was caring. He cared about others and wanted to prevent people from getting cancer or try to get people better if they have cancer. He didn't cheat. He would put a pile of rocks to the side of the road where he stopped for the night, and in the morning he would walk over to the rocks and continue from there. There is so many things I like about him, and that is why I chose Terry Fox as my hero.

Terry Fox Portrait (I drew it (I did))
Terry Fox Portrait (I drew it (I did))

These are the reasons why I chose Terry Fox as my hero. He was so brave. He tried to run across Canada. He was caring. He cared about others and wanted to prevent people from getting cancer or try to get people better if they have cancer. He didn't cheat. He would put a pile of rocks to the side of the road where he stopped for the night, and in the morning he would walk over to the rocks and continue from there. There is so many things I like about him, and that is why I chose Terry Fox as my hero.

Terry Fox running (I drew it (I did))
Terry Fox running (I drew it (I did))

Terry Fox accomplished lots of things. For instance he started a charity to raise money to fight cancer. So he decided to run across Canada calling the run "The Marathon of Hope". He got the idea when he read an article about another amputee named Dick Traum who finished a marathon in New York City. So he thought if Dick Traum can run a marathon then so can I. He would secretly dream about his marathon and he trained for two years, and finally he started his marathon with his best friend named Douglas Alward on April 12, 1980. Douglas took care of Terry and followed him closely behind in a van while Terry ran. But unfortunately on Sept. 1 after 143 days and 5,373 kms he was forced to stop just past Thunderbay, Ontario, because of chest pains. He originally hoped to raise $1 million, then he increased his expectation to raise $10 million. Finally, he tried to raise $24 million which was the same as raising one dollar from every Canadian. Even though he had to stop the run donations continued coming in and he actually raised $24.17 million beating his fundraising goal. Today The Marathon of Hope has now grown into a world wide legacy called the Terry Fox Foundation which annually holds the Terry Fox Run in over 28 countries. The Terry Fox Foundation has raised so far $550+ million for cancer research. He used to be an ordinary boy but when he started his dream he became very popular and special. So as his idea of running across Canada seemed rather insignificant at the time it has turned into an ever growing legacy to fight cancer.

I think Terry was a great person and that he has made an incredible impact on cancer and cancer research. He was so very brave and determined to finish The Marathon of Hope, but not for his benefit, but rather for the benefit of others. It is for this reason that Terry is an inspiration for me, my hero. I will try to adopt the same attitude that Terry had with every future challenge that I am involved in.

Page created on 12/14/2012 12:00:00 AM

Last edited 12/14/2012 12:00:00 AM

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