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Terry Fox runs in bloodied shorts during the Marathon of hope across Canada, July 1980, He ran for 143 days until he died. Terry Fox was born in Canada in 1958. In 1977, Terry began to feel pain in his right knee and was diagnosed with bone cancer.
Doctors were forced to amputate his right leg above the knee. Three years later, the young athlete decides to run across the country from ocean to ocean. The purpose of the run is to collect donations for cancer research. When organizing the "Marathon of hope" he wanted to collect one dollar from each canadian citizen. More than a year he trained every day, because he understood well that even a healthy person can not overcome such a distance without prior training.
Terry Fox began The marathon of hope on April 12, 1980, dipping his foot in the Atlantic ocean, and intended to dip it for the second time in the Pacific ocean in Vancouver. He ran an average of 42 km a day, but the disease progressed, and he ran, experiencing constant pain, with a prosthesis instead of a leg. Only a great force of will and the desire to help the millions of fellow sufferers move it forward.
He couldn't finish the marathon. The cancer spread to the lungs, and Terry Fox was forced to break the distance on September 1, 1980. He stopped near the town of thunder Bay (Northern Ontario) after 143 days of continuous marathon running 5,373 km through the provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, new Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. Ten months later, before he reached his 23rd birthday, Terry died.
By February 1981, it had raised just over $24 million, but most importantly, it had managed to attract the attention of the General public. Now in Canada and more than 50 countries around the world annually charity runs named after Terry Fox in the Fund of donations for cancer research. Terry Fox is listed in the book of records as the largest single-player fundraising campaign in the world. Now, after 25 years of development, the Terry Fox Foundation has grown to $360 million, so with th