It was an incredible honour to meet Fred Fox, Terry Fox’s brother, in August and visit the monument to Terry at Spencer Smith Park, and the tribute to Terry at the Art Gallery of Burlington.
Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada provides a look at Terry’s epic 143 day, 5,373 kilometer journey from St. John’s, Nfld., to Thunder Bay, Ont. The exhibit, on till Sept. 10, tells the story of Terry’s battle with cancer, his Marathon of Hope and its enduring impact, through letters, newspaper clippings and photos, including pictures of leg of the marathon through Burlington.
Terry’s story inspires every time you hear it. Terry thought his cancer was beaten when he started his Marathon of Hope. In a letter seeking sponsorship for his Marathon, included in the exhibit, Terry outlines his reasons for the run – though he escaped cancer, many others in the hospital with him during his treatment didn’t. He wanted to help others who were suffering.
Terry had to cut his Marathon short when cancer returned, but the foundation he started during that remarkable effort has raised more than $650 million. He came through Burlington at km 3582 along Lakeshore Rd and Spencer Smith Park where the monument to Terry is installed.
Terry’s legacy lives on in Burlington with the annual Terry Fox run along Spencer Smith Park and the beachway. This year’s run, Sun. Sept. 17, will depart from the monument. You can sign up to run or donate here: Terry Fox Run
Thanks to everyone who pulled this exhibit and Fred’s visit together to remind us of Terry’s legacy, including the Burlington Sport Alliance, AGB, local Terry Fox Run organizers including Don Carmichael, Greg Costa, Craig Gardner and others. Terry is an inspiration to all of us, as are all the volunteers who continue his effort to raise money to beat cancer.