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Canadian Historical Person (Greatest Canadian) - Terry Fox
Transcript of Canadian Historical Person (Greatest Canadian) - Terry Fox
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Born to Rolland (Rolly) and Bette Fox
Rolly was a switchman for the Canadian National (CN) Railway
His father recalled that he was extremely competitive, Terry hated losing. He continued to do the activity until he succeeded
Terry played soccer, rugby, basketball and baseball as a child
His passion was for basketball
Attended Mary Hill Junior High School and Simon Fraser University
He studied kinesiology as a stepping stone to becoming a physical education teacher The Greatest Canadian The Greatest Canadian On November 12th, 1976, as Fox was driving home to Port Coquitlam, he was distracted by a nearby bridge construction and crashed into the back of a pick up truck. Fox was emerged with only a sore right knee. He felt pain again in December but ignored it until basketball season was over. By March 1977, the pain had gotten worse and he finally went to a hospital where he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancer that usually starts in the knees. He was told that his leg needed to be amputated. The Greatest Canadian The Greatest Canadian Even if I don’t finish,
we need others to continue.
It’s got to keep going.
Terry Fox (Terrance Stanley Fox)
July 10th, 1980 Canadian Historical Person Terrance Stanley Terry’s hospital experiences made him angry about how little money was being raised for cancer research
He intended to run the length of Canada, a goal he initially only divulged to his friend Douglas Alward
Fox ran with an unusual gait, as he was required to hop-step on his good leg due to the extra time the springs in his artificial leg required to reset after each step
Fox initially hoped to raise $1 million, then $10 million, but later thought to raise $1 for each of Canada's 24 million people
He promised to complete his run, even if he had to “crawl every last mile” Canadian Historical Person The marathon began on April 12th, 1980
Raised $10,000 dollars in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland
Raised $200,000 dollars in Montreal
Raised $100,000 at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto
Bobby Orr presented Fox with a cheque for $25,000
On September 1st, outside of Thunder Bay, he was forced to stop briefly after he suffered an intense coughing fit and experienced pains in his chest
Fox had raised $1.7 million by the time he was forced to abandon the Marathon
Donations continued throughout winter and by the following April, over $23 million had been raised Canadian Historical Person Fox continued to do chemotherapy treatments but the cancer continued to spread
Fox was re-admitted to the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster on June 19th, 1981 with chest congestion and developed pneumonia
He fell into a coma and died at 4:35a.m PDT on June 28th, 1981, with his family by his side
The Government of Canada ordered flags across the country lowered to half staff
His funeral, attended 40 relatives, and 200 guest Show your support, and run/walk/ride on September 16th. Canadian Historical Person Follow Your Dreams! By: Christina and Nicole ! have a good day now. stay in school. THANKS FOR LISTENING FOLKS. by: Christina Annesley & Nicole Ferguson