Canadians turned out to honor their departed legend.
For the 31st time, Canadians showed up to pound the pavement. The reason: to raise money to combat cancer and honor their country’s legend, Terry Fox. Despite the rainy conditions, over 3,500 runners turned out for the Terry Fox Hometown Run in Port Coquitlam.
Terry Fox was a humanitarian athltete who inspired tens of millions by his famous run across Canada in 1980 to raise money for cancer research. Fox, who only had one leg, completed 3,339 miles of the run before having to cut it short due to the spread of his cancer.
When his father, Rolly Fox, showed up at the race yesterday, the crowd cheered.
“If they weren’t already standing, it would have been a standing ovation,” recalled race director Dave Teixeira, the organizer of the Hometown Run.
The Terry Fox Foundation has raised $550 million for cancer research since it was founded. According to Teixeria, eighty-five cents of every dollar collected goes directly to cancer research.
Teixeria was inspired by Fox and has been volunteering for the organization for the past 30 years.
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