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Terrance Stanley (Terry) Fox

by Gagandeep from Toronto

terry fox running inthe marathon of hope (www.cbc.com)
terry fox running inthe marathon of hope (www.cbc.com)

Terrance Stanley (Terry) Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was a very active teenager. When he turned 18, he was diagnosed with bone cancer. He was then forced to amputate his right leg. His leg was amputated 6 inches above his right knee. It surprised me he was still able to run 42 kilometers a day for 18 months. Terry wanted every one to know about cancer and what it does. My father didn’t know what it was until Terry started to run. This marathon he started is called the "Marathon of Hope". Now every September, schools, business, and communities around the world run and raise money for cancer research.

Many statues like this and around the world (www.hickerphoto.com)
Many statues like this and around the world (www.hickerphoto.com)

My hero is Terry Fox. The reason I say that is because he had his leg amputated and still ran 5000 kilometers in 18 months and on one leg! That shows how committed and determined he was. He raised awareness about cancer. If Terry did not start the marathon of hope not everybody would know what it is. He didn’t want to make money out of it, he wanted a cure. He wanted to raise money for cancer research. And he did. He raised about 400 million dollars world wide.

 (www.kendanby.com/portraits)
(www.kendanby.com/portraits)

I think that Terry Fox is the world's greatest hero. The reason I think that is because Terry helped the world know more about cancer. He made a big statement about cancer. He ran so much so people could know about it. Now many more doctors and scientist are trying to find a cure for it. All this is thanks to Terry Fox.

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Last edited 1/9/2009 10:38:30 AM

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