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Terry Fox has become the poster child of the person who can overcome any obstacle and triumph over any adversity that stands in his way. This is important to Canada because he is a reflection of the character of Canadians that is seen around the world. Terry Fox has given Canada a true role model. Terry Fox has shown the world that Canadians are full with heart and determination. He has shown Canadians, and the world that perseverance will pay off. Terry Fox had all the obstacles lined up and he knocked them down, although the malignant tumor in his right leg finally overwhelmed Terry, he still overcame numerous obstacles. Terry Fox had dealt with the tumor in his leg and he overcame the amputation of his leg. He also managed to train for the marathon of hope even though overcoming a physical and emotional amputation. He also was able to start his run for the marathon of Hope, by an valiant attempt to run across Canada raising money as he ran. Even though Terry Fox did not complete his goal he still lives on today in our currency, stamps, and many more ways. Terry Fox has given Canada some one that they can try to measure up to.

Terry Fox is a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, however he spent his child years in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Terry was an athletic teenager, participated in various sports. Terry was only 18 years old when the doctors broke the news that he had bone cancer. Thus the doctors were compelled to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres above the knee in 1977. However, Terry Fox over came is amputation with optimism and grace, he was determined to do something with his life. When Terry was recovering in the hospital he was so overwhelmed of all the suffering and bravery by the other cancer patients. He was also inspired by the children cancer patients bravery, that he knew that he too had to be brave. Furthermore prove that his life was worth doing something great with. In the spring of 1977 Terry begins his first steppingstone into showing the world what Canadians are all about. Terry was illuminated with a brilliant idea, a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer victims, "The Marathon of Hope" . Terry's next step was to start training for this ambitious project. He had to teach himself how to run again, this was not as easy as it sounds. It took Terry a few months before he was able to sustain himself while running. However while Training Terry ran over 5,000 kilometers this pales compared to the distance of Canada coast to coast. Nonetheless Terry was still determined to attempt the run. By fall Terry was confident in his condition that he was ready to contact the Canadian Cancer Society for them to support his run. In his letter he writes, I'm not a dreamer, and I'm not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to.". Terry later received a letter of optimism and hope from the Canadian Cancer Society. The Canadian Cancer Society wished Terry the best of luck. At this time to Canada and to the rest of the world, Terry Fox did not exist. No one knew who he was. However, over time his voice would be herd, his name would be recognized, the sleeping giant was awakening.

Even though Terry had little media and public support when he first began his journey he was still determined to accomplish his personal goal to make it across Canada. He knew this would be the most significant and challenging obstacle that he would have to encounter. He trained hard though he knew he was ready to start. On April 12, 1980 he starts his odyssey in St. Johns, Newfoundland. He symbolizes this by dipping his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean. He then sets off to the promised land of his upbringing, British Columbia. Even though not too many people where aware of the significance of Terry's efforts, for those who were, the cancer patients that he went through rehab with. Terry's efforts meant the world to them, it gave them hope, optimism, it allowed them to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just by a simple act of running Terry was able to give those Canadians hope and a role model. Terry's odyssey started in St. Johns, Newfoundland and he moves West passing Towns such as Charlottetown, PEI, Quebec City, QC, Montreal, QC, Toronto, ON, and Thunder Bay, ON. On his way through these towns more and more Canadians started to support his cause. When he passed through Quebec City Terry got support from GÐ"©rard CÐ"Ò'tÐ"©, four-time Boston Marathon winner, Terry was honoured by being introduced to him. Furthermore entering Montreal Terry was accompanied with Montreal Alouette kicker Don Sweet and four wheelchair athletes. As Terry ran through Toronto he was able to have the chance to meet his hockey hero, Darryl Sittler. Darryl awarded Terry his 1980 NHL all-star team sweater.



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