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Terry Fox Timeline
Transcript of Terry Fox Timeline
He met his lifelong friend Doug Alward and together they practised and competed for sports teams, especially basketball.
In high school they were the best basketball guards because of their competitiveness, even though they were only 5’6’’. 1976 November 12, 1976 Terry got into a minor car crash; the only injury was his right knee. It would cause him pain for months but he would ignore it, attributing it to the crash. On March 2, 1977 the pain in his leg became unbearable after a short run. The next day he went to the hospital for X-rays and was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a cancer of the connective and supportive tissues. 1977 University Terry went to Simon Fraser University to study kinesiology. He wanted to become a physical education teacher. With Chemotherapy and amputation of his right leg he would have a 50% chance of survival. On March 8, 1977 Terry's senior high school coach Terri Fleming gave him a magazine with an article about Dick Traum, an amputee who ran the New York City Marathon the year before. It gave Terry the inspiration start his Marathon of Hope. A few months after his operation Rick Hansen recruited Terry to his wheelchair basketball team, the Cablecars. Rick's team won the Canadian championship that year. 1979 Terry started training for marathon running. He started by running laps around a track and graduating up to 10 miles a day. August 30, 1979 Terry participated in the Prince George to Boston Marathon and completed it in 3 hours and 9 minutes.
The day after his race he told his mother about his plans to run across Canada. Terry had run 3,159.5 miles before starting his run across Canada. 1980 April 12, 1980 Terry begins his run in Newfoundland by dipping his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean. He also filled a jug with ocean water which he intended to pour into the Pacific Ocean when his Marathon of Hope was completed. http://archives.cbc.ca/sports/exploits/clips/160/ October 1979
Terry writes a letter to the Canadian Cancer Society stating his intentions of running across Canada. Terry asked companies for donations from companies for his run and received a van from Ford. July July 1, 1980 he arrives in Ottawa for Canada Day and kicks the opening ball at the CFL exhibition game. He is given a standing ovation.
Over the month of July Terry would attend multiple sporting events and meet the Governor General, Prime Minister Trudeau, Darryl Sittler, and Bobby Orr. April Every day Terry ran a marathon, about 26 miles. He planned on running TWO HUNDRED marathons in a row to make it across Canada. He expected himself to finish around December 8.
In the first few months he was largely unknown. Those who did know helped in any way they could.
During his run Terry experienced repeated incessant bleeding of his stump, shin splints, cysts, and tendonitis. May June June 10, 1980 Terry entered Quebec. In Quebec he was largely ignored, most likely due to the language barrier, since no one on Terry's team could speak even basic French. Terry became very frustrated with Quebec and some of its motorists tried to run him off the road. August September September 1, 1980 Terry experienced pain and a persistent cough just east of Thunder Bay, Ontario. He went to the hospital and an X-ray showed that he had a lump of bone cancer in each lung. This was the end of his run. He had run 3,339 miles, 2/3 of the way across Canada. A year later a monument was placed there in his honour. Terry went to every function that would raise him money, giving speeches or interviews. September 18, 1980 Terry was given the Companion of the Order of Canada which is the greatest honour that can be given to a citizen. Even though I die of cancer my spirit didn't die and that should influence a lot of people.
-Terry Fox June 28, 1981 Terry dies at 4:35a.m. His funeral was on July 2 and was broadcast on national TV. He was 22. If he was still alive today he would be 52. 1981 Impact of Terry Fox http://archives.cbc.ca/sports/exploits/clips/227/ 1982 http://archives.cbc.ca/sports/exploits/clips/9610/ http://archives.cbc.ca/sports/exploits/clips/183/ -Prince George to Boston Marathon almost everyone waited for him to finish and were moved by his perseverance to finish
-During his marathon of hope he would inspire the nation to join together and help him fight and raise money for his cause
-After being forced to quit his run CTV had a 48 hour telethon with famous Canadians like John Denver, Elton John, Anne Murray, Karen Kain, and many others, raising $10.5 million
-Children would send him art, letters, gifts, money, and many other items while he was in the hospital
-The Terry Fox Run took place in many schools to raise money
-His funeral was broadcast on national television
-The money raised has increased the life span and survival rate of cancer patients
-When Terry was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma the survival rate was 50%, today it is 90%
-Those with cancer draw courage from Terry's strength
-Most of the equipment used today exists because of donations through Terry Fox organizations
-A Terry Fox Research Institute was opened in Vancouver in 2007
-Every year the Terry Fox run raises millions for cancer research
-Terry Fox humanitarian award encourages students to continue with university and humanitarian work
-Vancouver Olympic committee created a Terry Fox Award for athletes who show courage, determination, and perseverance
-won by Joannie Rochette who competed and won a bronze medal in the Olympic Games after her mother's sudden death
-cross country skier, Petra Majdic, won the award when she broke multiple ribs in a serious fall in her warm-up run. She went on to win the bronze medal.
-Terry Fox Run is held in about 40-50 countries worldwide
-Made being an amputee acceptable and proved it wasn't a disability
-Inspired the world through his determination to reach his dream
-Numerous streets, schools, and a mountain would be named after Terry
To this day no one knows how he did it. He ran a marathon every day (26 miles), went to more media conferences and functions then most celebrities, and never took a day off. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/793452--how-terry-fox-changed-canada