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Terry Fox Day

Honor Terry Fox Day with courage and heart! Support cancer research and remember Terry's inspiring marathon of hope.
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Get ready to lace up your runners as we commemorate Terry Fox Day on August 5! An athlete, a hero, and an inspiration to millions, Terry Fox ran a marathon every day for 143 days in 1980, covering a distance of 5373 kilometers with a prosthetic leg, to spread awareness and raise money for cancer research. His Marathon of Hope is a testament to human spirit, endurance, and determination, making Terry Fox Day a significant part of our national identity. So, let's celebrate this special day with great courage and heart, keeping alive Terry's hope for a world without cancer. Together, we can continue his legacy and make a world of difference!

History of Terry Fox Day

Terry Fox Day Dates

Terry Fox Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1958</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Terry Fox</div><div class='timeline-text'>Terrance Stanley Fox was born on July 28, 1958, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1977</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Terry's Cancer Diagnosis</div><div class='timeline-text'>At the age of 18, Terry Fox was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his right leg; it was amputated 15 centimeters above the knee.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Marathon of Hope</div><div class='timeline-text'>Terry Fox embarked on the Marathon of Hope, running a marathon a day across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer research.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1981</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Terry Fox Passes Away</div><div class='timeline-text'>Terry Fox passed away at the young age of 22, his dream and determination created a lasting legacy worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Terry Fox Day Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 2005, the Canadian House of Commons declared April 12 as the annual National Terry Fox Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Terry Fox Day: August 5</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 2015, Terry Fox Day was moved to August 5 in Manitoba, with other provinces following suit, to align with the start date of Terry's Marathon of Hope.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Terry Fox Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Organize a neighborhood charity run</h3><p class='facts-text'>Run or walk your very own 'Marathon of Hope' by organizing a charity run in your local community. Encourage neighbors to come out, get active, and raise funds for cancer research to honor Terry's legacy.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Donate to the Terry Fox Foundation</h3><p class='facts-text'>The Terry Fox Foundation continues Terry's work to fund innovative and progressive cancer research programs. Consider making a donation to support this vital cause on Terry Fox Day.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Share Terry's story</h3><p class='facts-text'>Educate others about Terry's inspirational journey by sharing his story with friends, family, or social media followers. Spreading awareness can have a big impact and continue Terry's dream of a world without cancer.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Volunteer your time</h3><p class='facts-text'>Many cancer organizations need volunteers. Whether it's driving patients to appointments, providing emotional support, or helping with various tasks at a local clinic or hospital, your time can make a big difference.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host an educational event</h3><p class='facts-text'>Plan an educational event, like a documentary viewing or guest speaker, to teach others about Terry Fox's achievements and the importance of cancer research. This could be held in a school, library, or community center.</p></div></div>

Why Terry Fox Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It commemorates an extraordinary individual</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Terry Fox was a young man who proved that even in the face of adversity, one can achieve great things. Despite losing a leg to cancer, he embarked on a monumental cross-country run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Terry Fox Day allows us to remember and honor his courage, perseverance, and selflessness.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages active participation in a vital cause</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Terry Fox Day is not just a day of remembrance, it's also a call to action. The day encourages everyone to make a contribution, whether it's through donating to the Terry Fox Foundation, volunteering, or participating in a charity run. It reminds us that we all can make a difference.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps spread awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By educating others about Terry's inspirational journey, Terry Fox Day helps to raise awareness about the importance of cancer research. This heightened awareness can lead to increased support for cancer research and ultimately, bring the world closer to finding a cure.</p></div></div>

5 Incredible Facts for Terry Fox Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope Raised Over $24 Million in His Lifetime</h3><p class='facts-content'>During Terry's Marathon, Canadians were so inspired by his courage and determination that they donated generously, leading to a phenomenal total of over $24 million raised for cancer research before his untimely death.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Terry Fox Foundation Has Raised Over $800 Million For Cancer Research Since Its Inception</h3><p class='facts-content'>Carrying forward Terry's heroic legacy, the foundation has raised over $800 million to date, investing these funds in promising cancer research worldwide.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Terry's Life and Legacy Inspired a Movie</h3><p class='facts-content'>After his death, Terry's story was immortalized in a movie titled "The Terry Fox Story", portraying his courageous journey and enduring impact on cancer research awareness.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Terry Fox Was The Youngest Person To Be Given An Order Of Canada</h3><p class='facts-content'>Recognized for his remarkable bravery, Terry, at the age of 22, became the youngest person ever to be granted the Order of Canada, one of the highest civilian awards in the country.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Terry Fox Runs Take Place in More Than 60 Countries Worldwide</h3><p class='facts-content'>Terry's legacy continues to inspire millions globally. Every year, Terry Fox Runs are organized not only in Canada but in more than 60 countries around the world, further advocating for cancer research funding and awareness.</p></div></div>

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