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Terry Fox, a true hero.
04-17-2016, 06:33 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-18-2016, 06:50 AM by The Wolf.)
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Terry Fox, a true hero.
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Thirty-six years ago this week (April 12, 1980) a brave young 21-year-old man began an epoch journey when he dipped his prosthetic leg in the Atlantic ocean near St John’s Newfoundland. His goal: raise $1 dollar from every Canadian in support of cancer research.

His name was Terry Fox; born in Winnipeg, raised in Port Coquitlam, and unfortunately he acquired osteosarcoma (cancer of the bone) requiring his right leg to be amputated at the age of 19. A natural athlete in high school, Terry was inspired by Dick Traum, the first person to complete the New York Marathon with a prosthetic leg. That inspiration lead to a dream, a dream that motived a nation to participate annually in a drive to raise cancer awareness in honour of his name.

Terry Fox began his “Marathon of Hope” committed to running a marathon everyday without rest as he slowly trekked across Canada, while raising awareness for cancer research. After a slow start, the young determined man fought through all resistance that impeded his progress. It wasn’t until the drivers from Quebec tried to run him off the road did the nation stop and notice what this brave young man was attempting. By the time he reached Ontario, he was drawing crowds of over 10,000 strong. The nation was inspired by his determination; cheering him on and writing songs of encouragement like “Run Terry Run.” But on Sept 1st, 1980 his Marathon of Hope came to an abrupt halt just outside Thunder Bay, Ontario, when his cancer spread to his lungs. After running 143 consecutive marathons without taking a break, skipping even his birthday, his quest had ended.

At 22 years of age, on June 19, 1981 Terry Fox died just as he reached his goal of raising $1 per every Canadian ($24.1 million).

On Sep 19th of each year, Canadians take on the Marathon of Hope challenge and run in his honour. The annual Terry Fox Run started in 1981 and has spread to 60 countries worldwide and is the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.

Over $650 million has been donated in his name to cancer research. Cancer survival rates for osteosarcoma have risen to over 80% thanks to Terry’s efforts. When I think of the number of children who are still breathing thanks to Terry’s dream my heart warms.

Many inspirational songs about the Marathon of Hope, including Rod Stewart’s “Never Give Up on a Dream,” have been written:

"Never Give Up On A Dream"

If there's doubt and you're cold,
don't you worry what the future holds.
We've gotta have heroes to teach us all
to never give up on a dream.

Claim the road, touch the sun,
no force on earth could stop you run.
When your heart bursts like the sun
never never give up on a dream.

Shadows fall, daylight dies,
freedom never got a place to hide.
Search forever photo finish line
but never give up on your dream.

Crazy notions fill your head,
you gotta break all the records set.
Push yourself until the end
but don't you ever give up on your dream.

Now listen to me
you don't need no restrictions yeah
Oh, sing it again
you can't live on sympathy.
You just need to go the distance,
oh the distance
that's all you need to be free,
to be free, to be free, to be free.

Sing a song for me children
you don't need no restrictions yeah
you can't live on sympathy.
You just need to go the distance,
that's all you need to be free,

Now listen to me!
Inspiring all to never lose,
it'll take a long long time before they fill your shoes
it'll take somebody, somebody, who's lot like you
who never gave up on a dream.
No, you never gave up on a dream
no, you never gave up on a dream.

You never, never, never,
never gave up on a dream.

Prior to his death, Terry Fox was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of Dogwood, the province of British Colombia’s highest award. He has been voted as Canada’s greatest hero to have ever lived. On January 27, 2003, Time Magazine included Terry in a feature story called "Canada's Best."

April is the Cancer month in Canada, symbolized by the daffodil. I was delighted when my son Blake, joined the fight to help raise money for Terry’s cause.

When I was 25 years old, I too had contracted melanoma, a deadly form of cancer. I was fortunate to have survived, but contracting this disease so early in life, allowed me to understand the motivation behind the brave young Terry Fox. I can never be a Terry Fox but I share his drive to motivate others to donate generously to cancer research. Every penny I receive through the sales of my book, Finding Forrest Fenn, goes directly towards cancer research. I ask that you too join the fight with me and donate directly to The Terry Fox Foundation or through my Canadian Cancer Society research fund. Your donations do make a difference.

Come along side me and join the fight with Terry and honour his determination and humility in the face of adversity!
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04-17-2016, 07:13 PM,
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Agreed, good to see you around Wolf. Itll be nice to have some imagination around.
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04-17-2016, 07:14 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-21-2016, 08:28 AM by The Wolf.)
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Thanks Itch,
Forest liked what I was doing and he suggested that I have Dal post a section on it. He declined but I knew right away us pond scum would appreciate it. So enjoy kind hearted "one scum"!
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04-17-2016, 10:16 PM,
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Terry Fox, a true hero.
Great post Wolf.
This is still a big deal out here on the Westcoast.


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04-18-2016, 06:27 AM,
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Wolf! You've returned. Hehe. Can't , sir, for the life of me, write like you do. Such a serious topic with such grace. Thanks for your words. Wordsmith doesn't have a creative mind like you do.
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04-18-2016, 02:01 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-18-2016, 02:03 PM by The Wolf.)
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(04-18-2016, 06:27 AM)HollyfromMN Wrote: Wolf! You've returned. Hehe. Can't , sir, for the life of me, write like you do. Such a serious topic with such grace. Thanks for your words. Wordsmith doesn't have a creative mind like you do.

Thank you Holly I appreciate your feedback!

(04-17-2016, 10:16 PM)true north Wrote: Great post Wolf.
This is still a big deal out here on the Westcoast.


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Thanks True North! I knew for sure there would be one person who would know all about Terry! His legacy grows each day...
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04-18-2016, 06:17 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-18-2016, 06:21 PM by glock20.)
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Hey Wolf-man,
Awesome post... There was a MOVIE based his story, and I never forgot it. I was 7 years old when it came out. I remember watching it as a kid and was impressed even back then. What a WINNER is all I can say about Terry FOX.

The STUD actor Robert Duvall is in it... "Heart of a Champion" circa 1983!
Check it out!
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/terry_fox_story/
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04-18-2016, 06:30 PM,
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(04-18-2016, 06:17 PM)glock20 Wrote: Hey Wolf-man,
Awesome post... There was a MOVIE based his story, and I never forgot it. I was 7 years old when it came out. I remember watching it as a kid and was impressed even back then. What a WINNER is all I can say about Terry FOX.

The STUD actor Robert Duvall is in it... "Heart of a Champion" circa 1983!
Check it out!
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/terry_fox_story/

Hey Glock20
That is an awesome find, I am going to watch it. I remember watching an other movie on Terry Fox (2005) but not that one. Love the Title!
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04-12-2017, 09:58 AM, (This post was last modified: 04-12-2017, 10:15 AM by The Wolf.)
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Today is the 37th anniversary of the beginning of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope. I am including an updated article from my blog.
https://www.findingfenn.com/single-post/...on-of-Hope
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Other articles of interest that makes me feel proud to be a Canadian!
http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/royal-...-1.3364201
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/...1.14871018

Thank you to all who support Terry's dream!
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04-12-2017, 11:01 AM,
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RE: Terry Fox, a true hero.
Wolf - Inspiring post. And I agree on donating to causes/institutes that are dedicated to eradicating cancer. Awful disease that I have lost too many friends to, way too soon in life. Plus, it's why the treasure chest and poem were created in the first place, so it only seems appropriate to donate if not all, a portion of the proceeds of "the find" to cancer research (my opinion of course).

Thumbs up to you. Melanoma can be very tricky to catch.
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