SULTAN JESSA: Dream of Terry Fox lives on

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His dream lives on.

Yes, I am referring to the true Canadian hero Terry Fox.

“Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going without me.”

These famous words belonged to Fox, when he was raising funds across Canada for cancer research.

He wanted not only his dream but his main priority to defeat cancer to live on after he is gone.

Fox was diagnosed with dreaded bone cancer to his right leg in 1977 and had his leg amputated six inches above the knee.

While in hospital, Fox was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise much-needed money for cancer research.

He called his journey the Marathon of Hope.

Today, Fox is no longer with us.

But, his foundation is determined to raise funds until cancer is beaten.

Thousands of Canadians will be participating in Terry Fox runs across this wide country starting in September.

The first Marathon of Hope was held in 1980 with the simple mission of informing Canadians that it was of vital importance to raise funds for cancer research.

Today, this event has gone international.

About 60 countries around the world participate in this event.

It is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.

During my visits to Vietnam and South Korea people told me they support Fox runs when they found out I was from Canada.

A national Terry Fox Day is long overdue.

Pierre Trudeau, the former Prime Minister of Canada, and Terry Fox were ranked top in the Top 10 list put out by the Heritage Department recently.

To date more than $600 million has been raised in his name.

The list of Top 10 was compiled from online consultations in the run up of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

About 12,000 Canadians participated in the survey.

Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist.

He was a distance runner and basketball player for his Port Coquitlam, B.C.school team.

Fox was the youngest person ever named to a Companion of the Order of Canada.

He was Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year in both 1980 and 1981.

To date, his foundation has raised nearly $400 million for cancer research.

Fox has been featured on a Canadian coin.

Organizations: Prime Minister of Canada, Heritage Department

Geographic location: Canada, Vietnam, South Korea Port Coquitlam

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  • sully lisio
    August 28, 2014 - 10:10

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