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Good Citizen Assignment

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Reetu Adhikari

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Career
After undergoing chemotherapy and seeing other people, particularly children, suffering with cancer, Terry decided that he wanted to make a difference in the world. He wanted to do something to help cure this dreadful disease.

Terry began his Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

He ran 26 miles per day, 7 days per week with a prosthetic leg.

Terry Fox was in some aspects a humanitarian activist, creating the Terry Fox Foundation, raising funds for cancer research with an amazing 87% of all funds being directly forwarded to research through the National Cancer Institute of Canada.

When he was forced by a recurrence of cancer to stop his cross-Canada run at Thunder Bay, Ontario, on September 1, 1980, he had completed a total of 5,373 km over 143 days, the equivalent of a marathon every day.

Achievements
Ran 3339 miles in 143 days, which is almost half way across Canada.

Youngest person ever named a Companion of the Order of Canada.

At the time of his death Terry Fox had raised $24,170,000 which was matched Canada’s population at that time

Guinness’s World record,most money raised by an individual ever and stays unchallenged.

Terry Fox also gave cancer patients one thing and that is very important Hope.

Terry Fox has raised so much money because of his run. This is why other countries in the world are trying the marathon of hope to try to earn money in Terry Fox’s honor.

Over 30 years have passed and the Marathon of Hope has raised over 600 million dollars for cancer research.

There are 14 schools and 15 roads in Canada named after Terry. (Including an 83-kilometer (52 mile) section of the Trans-Canada Highway, between Thunder Bay and Nipigon, is renamed the Terry Fox Courage Highway in Terry’s honor.)

Every year, millions of people in close to 25 countries participate in The National School Run Day, The Terry Fox Run, and Terry Fox fund raising events.

In 1999 national survey named him as Canada’s greatest hero, he finished second to Tommy Douglas in the 2004 program called The Greatest Canadian.



Legacy
Three decades after Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, he is still leading the way in the cure for cancer.

On Sept,15,2013, 33rd annual Terry Fox Run, with thousands of people joining in across Canada and in more than 220 locations in Ontario alone.

On May 26, 1988, The Terry Fox Run became a Trust, independent from the Canadian Cancer Society, and received tax-exempt charitable registration as a public foundation.

People are still participating in the Terry Fox's marathon of Hope and have been raising money more than ever.

In 2012, $11.8 million was raised through the run, and $27 million across Canada.

Raised over 600 million dollars.

Active Citizenship
He was an active citizen because he didn't give up no matter his obstacles, he showed others that everyone is equal and everyone is able to achieve their goals if you try hard enough. He inspires millions of individuals to fight cancer and donate to the charities,he also raised millions of dollars but it was all donated to the charity. In conclusion, Terry Fox is an active citizen because he participated effectively in our community, he influenced many people around the world about cancer and was able to take an action to try to get a cure for it.


Purposeful Citizenship
He was a purposeful citizen because he was able to put others need before himself. He helped raise money for cancer to find cure for it. He showed others that you can fight cancer and not to give up. In conclusion, he was a purposeful citizen because he understood his role in the community and he fulfilled his role as a good citizen.

Background
Terry Fox was born in July 28, 1958 in Winnipeg Manitoba.

Second oldest child to Rolly and Betty Fox.

At school, he loved getting involved with sports and was an exceptional athlete.

He loved playing soccer, baseball, basketball and rugby. He also ran cross country but his favorite sport was basketball.

Although he was not a good basketball player his determination and handwork helped him earn a spot on his school team.

In March 1977 he was diagnosed with bone cancer and his leg had to be amputated.

Even after finding out he had cancer, Terry worked hard and trained everyday physically and emotionally to run across Canada.

The cancer had spread to his lungs and he died in June 28 1981.

Good Citizen Assignment
Terry Fox

Informed Citizenship
He was an informed citizen because he was aware of the issue that was going on in society(cancer). He wanted to take an action toward this problem and find the solution to help everyone he could. He was informed about the disease through his own experience and felt empathy towards others who were facing the same conflicts so he was ready to do whatever to help others fight through the disease.
Education
He attended Mary Hill Junior High School in Port Coquitlam, BC.

He graduated high school in 1976 with many sports achievement.

He attend the university of Simon Fraser University for kinesiology but did not graduate due to the cancer.

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