3/25/2008 9:45 AM
Who could forget Canada’s greatest hero Terry Fox? He ran 26 miles a day that led to over 3000 miles. Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimeters (six inches) above the knee in 1977. That’s when he wanted to start the Marathon of Hope to get rid of this awful disease, cancer. Terry Fox is the most remarkable Canadian because he inspired people, sacrificed his life to save others, and he was determined and committed to fulfill his cause.
Terry Fox has inspired everybody around Canada. In April 1980 Canadians and the world for that matter witnessed one of the most determined, proud individual whose spirit inspired millions. There was blood coming out of Terry’s artificial leg but he didn't seem even care. He ran with one good leg half across Canada raising over 24.1 million that gave hope to Cancer patients in Canada. When Terry was in pain, he wouldn’t go to the doctor. Terry had a passion for life, and it was this passion, which gave millions of others hopes.
Terry Fox sacrificed his life to save other people who have cancer. His leg covered with blood, fighting the weather, running up big hills, Terry had risked his life to save others. He had made his way across many tough situations such as Montreal hill. When Terry was faced with the challenge of getting up Montreal hill everyone was scared he wouldn’t make it. He had started up slow and went right past the place he was supposed to stop. He took the risks. He took his own life at risk to save others.
Terry Fox was a very determined guy and a person who would fulfill his dream of defeating cancer. The Fox parents had always described Terry as a determined boy. In the fall of 1979, 21-year-old Terry Fox began his quest to run across Canada. That determination attitude from the beginning had kicked in. Terry ran for 143 days and only taking one day off. His determination has not only affected us but it has affected the progress in research to take down this dreadful disease, cancer.
After 143 days and 5,373 kilometers, he announced he would have to postpone the rest of the run. Terry Fox had to stop his 10km out of the city of Thunder Bay. He had to stop because the leg cancer he had 3 years ago had now spread to his lungs. He later died on the 28th at 4:35 am, which was his favorite hour of running and exactly one month short of his twenty-third birthday. Terry died giving hope to others. Terry is a person no one will forget and his legacy will stay forever.
Terry Fox is my hero because his devotion to sacrificing his life to save others. I admire Terry fox because of his courage, hard work, and incredible attitude…His legacy serves as an example of what can be accomplished and is a true inspiration to me. “How many people ever get a chance to do something that they really believe in?” Terry fox quoted. These words had astounded me.