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A Walk Into Local and Canadian History Jun 10, 2009

'Dreams are made if people only try.

I believe in miracles...I have to...

because somewhere the hurting must stop.'


July 28, 1958-June 28, 1981

Terry Fox inspired this nation with his dream - his Marathon of Hope - a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research.

This courageous young man from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, knew only too well the ravages of cancer --- because at 18 he had lost his right leg to the disease. And etched in his mind was the pain and suffering on the faces of other cancer victims. Determined not to leave this 'world of miracles' before a cure had been found, he planned his 5,300-mile marathon.

After dipping his foot in the Atlantic, he began his epic in St. John's Newfoundland on April 12, 1980.

Running 26 miles a day, this outstanding young athlete had conquered five provinces by the time had had reached Ontario In June. Then, at mile number 3,339, near this very site, recurring cancer forced him to give up his run. Through his perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, he inspired an outpouring of immense national pride and a flood of $24 million for cancer research.

Terry Fox inspired an entire generation of Canadians with his determination and devotion. And it was through his strength and commitment that he united Canadians as they have never been united before.

It is for such a reason, this monument was designed, joining east with west, depicting all provincial and territorial coats-of-arms and the Canadian emblems of the maple leaf and beaver.

It is a very impressive memorial.
Terry Fox
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