Terry Fox: 40 years of the Marathon of Hope | Sept. 1, 1980


I still remember watching on TV that impromptu press conference Terry gave on the side of a road laying on an ambulance gurney. I remember how much trouble he had holding back the tears.

But make no mistake: this had nothing to do with Terry feeling sorry for himself. No, we all knew that Terry was unraveling because he felt he had let a country down given that he had so many more miles to go before he could sleep. And a nation wept with him.

While Terry vowed to get healthy and resume the Marathon of Hope, cancer would prevent him from keeping that promise. Terry Fox passed away the following year on June 28, 1981 at the age of 22.

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