14th April 2021
'Terry Never Gave Up, and We Can’t Either': In Time of COVID-19, Marathon of Hope Brings New Inspiration
When Terry Fox kicked off the inaugural Marathon of Hope on the shores of St. John, Newfoundland April 12, 1980, he had little more than one thing: hope. But by the time his cross-Canada run came to a tragic end in Thunder Bay five months later, he’d inspired the world, ran 5,373 kilometres, and was well on his way to raising over $24 million — a far cry from his original goal of $1 million.
Though Terry passed away from cancer June 28, 1981, one month shy of his 23rd birthday, his legacy lives on, 41 years to the day of his first few miles. To date, more than $800 million has been raised for cancer research in his name.
Last year’s virtual Terry Fox Run in Newmarket was a success, raising $62,759.20. The town has raised over $1 million for cancer research since its inaugural year in 1994. The organizers’ goal each year is to raise $1 for every Newmarket resident — $90,000.
“It’s Terry that’s kept this going, along with the many people, like those in Newmarket, who have dedicated and committed their time to hosting a Terry Fox Run,” said Fred Fox. “People remember Terry’s message because he wasn’t running for Terry Fox. He was out there to make a difference.”