To me, Terry Fox is a true legend, a true hero.
Imagine this: It is 1977, you are 18 and come to know that you have been diagnosed with terminally-ill bone cancer in your leg. Cancer research is relatively young and the doctor tells you that the only way to stop the cancer from spreading to other parts of your body is by amputating your leg and fixing you with an artificial prosthetic leg. Its bad enough to know that you have only some time left to live (especially when you are just a teenager) and to face disability in the little life left can be earth-shattering.
But not for Fox...what he did next was unbelievable! He trained himself with the prosthetic leg and began the Marathon of Hope in April 1980- he began by dipping his right leg in the Atlantic Ocean on the East coast of Canada...intending to dip it in the Pacific Ocean when he arrived on the West Coast!!!...He planned to run 42 km (26.2 miles) each day...day after day!!! and he wished that all the money raised along the way to be donated for cancer research...Can you imagine the strength , the stamina, the willpower and most importantly, the goodwill to start this Run??? Sadly, his run was cut short when, 143 days. after starting his quest, it was found that his cancer had metastasized to his lungs...in the meantime, he had run 5,373 km or 3,339 miles!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
Terry Fox Run 2009, Burnaby