Greatest Canadian- Terry Fox Traditional Geocache
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Greatest Canadian- Terry Fox
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This is a cache dedicated to one of Port Coquitlam's most amazing
citizens, Terry Fox.
This cache was placed in honor of the 25th anniversary of his run
(from the Terry Fox website) Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. An active
teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when
he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced
to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above
the knee in 1977.
While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other
cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to
run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
He would call his journey the Marathon of
After 18 months and running over 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles) to
prepare, Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April
12, 1980 with little fanfare. Although it was difficult to garner
attention in the beginning, enthusiasm soon grew, and the money
collected along his route began to mount. He ran 42 kilometres (26
miles) a day through Canada's Atlantic provinces, Quebec and
Ontario. It was a journey that Canadians never forgot.
However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres
(3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder
Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs. An entire
nation was stunned and saddened.
Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at age 22. The heroic Canadian
was gone, but his legacy was just beginning. To date, more than 50
countries hold an annual Terry Fox Run.
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