Who was Terry Fox | Terry Fox Bio, Wiki
Terry Fox (Full name: Terrance Stanley Fox CC OD) was a Canadian athlete, cancer research activist, and humanitarian. He is popular worldwide for embarking on an east to west cross-Canada run, Marathon of Hope, to raise money and awareness for cancer research in 1980 with his right leg amputated due to cancer.
Terry Fox Age
Fox was born on July 28, 1958, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was 22 years old at the time of his death in 1981.
Terry Fox Parents | Family
Fox was born to Rolland and Betty Fox in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His father worked for the Canadian National Railway as a switchman. Fox was the second child, he had an elder brother, Fred, a younger brother, Darrell, and a younger sister, Judith.
Terry Fox Height
He was a man of above-average stature. Fox stood at a height of 5 ft 10 in (Approx. 1.78 m).
Terry Fox Nationality
He was Canadian by Nationality. Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Terry Fox Death | Cause of Death
Fox was involved in a car accident at Morrill Street in Port Coquitlam on November 12, 1976, as he was driving to the family home. He attributed the crash to his distraction by a nearby bridge construction leading him to crash into the back of a pickup truck. Fox emerged from the accident unscathed but for a sore right knee even as his car was left undrivable. Pain recurred in December but he chose to ignore it until the end of the basketball season.
Fox continued playing until March 1977, by which time the pain had intensified prompting him to finally go to a hospital. After various tests, he was diagnosed with a form of cancer that often starts near the knee known as osteosarcoma. This led to the amputation of his right leg above the knee with doctors giving him a 50 – 50 chance of survival. Fox also underwent chemotherapy treatment.
Cancer seemed to have disappeared for three years before returning in 1980. The disease spread to his lungs. Fox fell into a coma and died on June 28, 1981, just a month shy of his 23rd birthday. The cause of his death is recorded as Metastatic osteosarcoma.
Terry Fox Funeral
Fox was buried in Port Coquitlam where his funeral was attended by 40 relatives and 200 guests, and broadcast on national television. Various other memorial services were held by hundreds of communities across Canada. There was also a public memorial service in Fox’s honor held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Terry Fox Run
The Run is an event that is held annually in honor of Fox and to raise money and awareness about cancer. The first Run which raised $3.5 million for cancer research was held on September 13, 1981. Since the first Run, over $800 million has been raised to go towards cancer research.
Terry Fox Google Noodle
On September 13, 2020, Fox was honored by Google in the Google Noodle. This is a temporary alteration of the Google logo in commemoration of certain events or in celebration of historical figures. Manitoba designated the first Monday in August, beginning in 2015 formerly known as Civic Holiday, as Terry Fox Day. The day is meant to celebrate people who show great strength while faced by great adversity.