Секој канадски знае. ... Тери Фокс
Кога ќе се преселат во нова земја-обидете се, што треба да дознаете за херои на земјата. Во Канада, one of those larger-than-life icons is Тери Фокс.
Роден е во Манитоба и израснат во Британска Колумбија, Fox was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 1977, when he was just 18 years old. His leg was amputated six inches above his knee, and after undergoing intensive cancer treatment, he was fitted for an artificial leg.
Fox subsequently decided to raise money for cancer research. Во 1980, despite his artificial leg, he began his Marathon of Hope. Starting in April from St John’s, Newfoundland, he intended to run across Canada from coast to coast.
Fox ran the equivalent of a marathon a day — 26 miles (или 42 kilometers). By September, по 143 days and more than 3,300 милји (5,300 kilometers), he was well into Ontario, just outside the city of Thunder Bay.
За жал, that’s where his marathon ended. The cancer had spread to his lung, and he had to return to BC for treatment.
By February of 1981, Fox had achieved his fund-raising goal — to raise $1 from every Canadian to fight cancer. The Canadian population at that time was 24.1 MIL-лав, and his Marathon of Hope had raised $24.1 милиони.
Although Fox died of cancer in June 1981, his fund-raising legacy lives on, преку Terry Fox Foundation and the annual Terry Fox Run, which takes place in повеќе 900 locations across Canada. This year’s Terry Fox Run will be held this Saturday, September 13, 2009.
Even kids can get in on the fund-raising act through the Terry Fox National School Run Day, which takes place Friday, Септември 25, 2009 at schools nationwide.
Photo @Carolyn B. Хелер