Terry Fox Day is observed on August 7 to honour a wonderful man, a great foundation, and a great cause. Terry Fox ran across Canada for 143 days and 5,373 kilometres to raise funds and awareness for cancer after discovering a malignant tumour on his knee and enduring surgery to remove 15 centimetres of his leg. So, on Terry Fox Day, get involved: run a race, donate money, or raise money — however you choose to participate, be sure to honour this extraordinary individual.
The background of Terry Fox Day
The Terry Fox Foundation hosts 9,000 Terry Fox Runs annually. While the Terry Fox Run is conducted on the same day as Terry Fox Day, the Foundation also collaborates with numerous schools to organise the Terry Fox School Run. For each of these races, 82 cents of every dollar raised is donated directly to a variety of cancer research initiatives, including lung, ovarian, pancreatic, paediatric, and many others. Terry Fox still managed to run 5,373 kilometres after being diagnosed with cancer and having his limb amputated. Anyone who participates in a Terry Fox Foundation event is inspired by this man’s story and legacy. Terry continues to provide optimism to those battling cancer as a result of the legacy he has left behind. The Terry Fox Foundation has helped raise over $715 million to support cancer research.
The Terry Fox Research Institute, which combines the clinical expertise of cancer physicians with the innovative laboratory expertise of scientific researchers, has also been established. All of these are stages towards discovering a cancer cure. Terrance Stanley Fox is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba as Terry Fox. Terry’s right limb is diagnosed with a malignant tumour. The training for his Marathon of Hope, a run across Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer research, commences. The Terry Fox Run is transformed into a Trust under the name The Terry Fox Foundation.
Following its success in Canada, the Terry Fox Run is launched in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, United States of America, and Zimbabwe.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN TERRY FOX DAY
Take part in a run
Although there are numerous opportunities to participate in a run throughout the year, Terry Fox Day is the ideal time to do so. Register at www.terryfox.org and get set to lace up!
Donating to The Terry Fox Foundation on Terry Fox Day demonstrates your support for a genuinely great man and a remarkable organisation. Either by registering for a race or by making an online donation, be careful to show your support.
Hold a fund-raising event
Why not organise your own fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation? On Terry Fox Day, there are countless methods to raise money, including runs, barbecues, outdoor hikes and head shaving parties.
5 Motivating Facts About Terry Fox
Terry Fox receives The Order of the Dogwood, British Columbia’s highest civilian honour.
Canadian sports editors selected Terry Fox as the winner of the Lou Marsh Award for distinguished athletic achievement.
Terry is selected by the Canadian Press as Canadian of the Year
British Columbia has designated a peak in the Rocky Mountains as Mount Terry Fox.
A portion of the Trans-Canada Highway is now designated as the Terry Fox Courage Highway.
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