Terry Fox

Terry Fox

In Canadian history there are many famous
people. In my mind one really stands out among the rest. His name is Terry

Fox and he is one of the greatest athlete to run on the face of this planet.

Terry discovered he had cancer and then decided to run across Canada. He
was a brave man who would take what the world through at him. Running across

Canada was his way to show the world that he was not going out with out
a fight.

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg Manitoba
on July 28 1958 Terry was raised in port Coquintlam, British Columbia.

He was very athletic from a young age. When he was in grade eight Terry
was rated nineteen out of nineteen on his basketball team. For that first
season he was on the court for approximately one minute. This did not affect

Terry and did not let it get to him, fore just two years later Terry was
the starring player on his team. By the time he graduated he became one
of two athletes to receive the schools highest athletic award.

Terry knew that aches and pains are common
in athlete’s lives. At the end of his first year of university there was
a new pain in his knee. One morning Terry woke up to see that he could
no longer stand up. A week later Terry found out that it was not just an
ache he had a malignant tumor; his leg would have to be cut off six inches
above the knee. Terry’s doctor told him that he had a chance of living
but the odds were fifty to seventy percent. He also said that he should
be glad it happened now fore just 2 years ago the chance of living was
fifteen percent. The night before his operation a former coach brought

Terry a magazine featuring a man who ran a marathon after a similar operation.

Terry didn’t want to do something small if he was going to do something
he was going to do it big. "I am competitive" Terry said, "I’m a dreamer.

I like challenges. I don’t give up. When I decided to do it, I knew it
was going to be all out. There was no in between Terry’s sixteen month
follow up he saw all the young people suffering and getting weak by the
disease. He never forgot what he saw and felt burdened to thoughts that
died to run this marathon. He was one of the lucky one in three people
to survive in the cancer clinics. Terry wrote asking for sponsorship"

I could not leave knowing that these faces and feelings would still be
here even though I would be set free of mine, somewhere the hurting must
stop... and I was determined to take myself to the limit for these causes."

Terry got back into sports and joins a wheelchair basketball team. He took
on his new challenge as he usually had. Terry made himself strong by pushing
his wheel chair. He would push himself along the sea wall of Stanley Park
in Vancouver or find a steep mountain of a log road and would go to his
hands bled. Two years after Terry stated his training to run, so nobody
could see him he ran his first half-mile in the dark. For fifteen months
of training and after running 3159 miles his stump was raw and bleeding.

Terry ran 101 days everyday he ran 23 miles a day and only stopped for

Christmas because his mother asked him. Terry was always determined. One
day when his artificial leg broke he hitchhiked home and fixed his leg
and ran another 5 miles. He told his mother about his journey to run across

Canada his mother told him he was crazy but when she told his father he
simple asked "When?"

Terry received his sponsorship and on April

12 1980 he dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic ocean of the coast
of St. Johns Newfoundland, there he began to run the greatest Adventure
of his life,

"I loved it," Terry said. " I enjoyed myself
so much and that was what other people couldn’t realize. They thought I
was going through a nightmare running all day long. People thought I was
going through hell. Maybe I was partly, but still I was doing what I wanted
and a dream was coming true and that, above everything else, made it all
worthwhile to me. Even thought it was so difficult, there was not another
thing in the world I