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Terry Fox

by Camille from Edmonton, Canada

A hero is someone who takes time out of their life to help other people. Terry Fox is a man who took time out of his life to help others. As a teenager, Terry was diagnosed with cancer. His cancer encouraged him to run across Canada. He named his run the Marathon of Hope, for those who are suffering from cancer just like him.

Terry Fox loved to play sports. The run he did for cancer was easy because of his athletic attitude. He collected millions of dollars for cancer research. Now, because of what he did people voted him as the second greatest hero in Canada. Now, people run every year to raise money for cancer. We now call it the Terry Fox Run, not the Marathon of Hope, to honor him for what he has done for lots of people.

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg Manitoba. Newfoundland was where he started him Marathon of Hope for cancer. After his long run he ended up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he stopped running because the cancer spread to his lungs. As a teenager he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a bone cancer that got his right leg amputated 15 centimeters above his knee. Terry Fox died at the age of 22.

Terry Fox is my hero because he did his best for people he didn’t even know. I think he should be a hero because he found a way to make people understand his troubles, and also helped other people with cancer.

Page created on 8/26/2008 12:00:00 AM

Last edited 8/26/2008 12:00:00 AM

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