Proclamation honours Canadian hero

VICTORIA – The B.C. government has proclaimed September 14, 2014 as Terry Fox Day. It is the day that hundreds of thousands around the world gather for the annual Terry Fox Run, to celebrate Terry’s courage and to continue his dream of finding a cure for cancer.

Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam
“Terry Fox is an inspiration to all Canadians and especially those of us here in the Tri- Cities. He devoted his life to finding a cure for cancer and has left us a lasting legacy to continue his work. I am privileged to have played a part in the B.C. government’s decision to proclaim September 14, 2014 as Terry Fox Day. The significant contribution and tireless efforts that Terry Fox made in our province, and to the countless lives he has touched, are a tribute to this rare individual. I am looking forward to participating in this Sunday’s Terry Fox Run.”

Rolly Fox, Father of Terry Fox
“Terry knew before he passed away that there would be an annual event in September, the month he was forced to stop running, that offered us all the opportunity to symbolically complete the Marathon of Hope. We are thankful that Sunday, September 14th has been proclaimed Terry Fox Day by the government of British Columbia as it pays tribute to the efforts of people in every B.C. community who further his dream of eradicating cancer through research.” The annual Terry Fox Run continues Terry’s dream of finding a cure for cancer. To find a run in your community, visit www.terryfox.org.

Learn More:
Link to proclamation: http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/oic/2014%20Proclamations/procs/TerryFoxDayNEW2 014.html

Facts about Terry Fox:
• March 9, 1977 – Terry discovers he has a malignant tumor in his right leg; the leg is amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee.
• February 1979 – Terry begins training for his Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research and awareness. During his training he runs over 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles).
• October 15, 1979 – Terry writes to the Canadian Cancer Society to support his run: “I’m not a dreamer, and I’m not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to.”
• April 12, 1980 – St John’s, Newfoundland: Terry dips his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean and begins his odyssey. He runs an average of 42 kilometres a day (26 miles) through six provinces.
• September 1, 1980 – After 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles) Terry stopped running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario; his primary cancer had spread to his lungs. Before returning to BC for treatment Terry said, “I’m gonna do my very best. I’ll fight. I promise I won’t give up.”
• September 18, 1980 – Terry Fox becomes the youngest Companion of the Order of Canada in a special ceremony in his hometown of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.
• October 21, 1980 – Terry Fox is awarded British Columbia’s highest civilian award; The Order of the Dogwood. • November 22, 1980 – The American Cancer Society presents Terry with their highest award; The Sword of Hope.
• February 1, 1981 – Terry’s hope of raising $1 from every Canadian to fight cancer is realized. The national population reaches 24.1 million; the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund totals $24.17 million.
• June 28, 1981 – After treatment with chemotherapy and interferon, Terry Fox dies at Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, British Columbia – one month short of his twenty-third birthday.
• September 13, 1981 – The first Terry Fox Run is held at more than 760 sites in Canada and around the world. The event attracts 300,000 participants and raises $3.5 million.
• February 11, 1994 – The Terry Fox Hall of Fame is created to provide permanent recognition to Canadians who have made extraordinary personal contributions to assist or enhance the lives of people with physical disabilities.
• August 28, 1998 – The Terry Fox Foundation announced a new infusion of $36 million in funds for Canadian cancer research. The new program, called The Terry Fox New Frontiers Initiative, represents a departure from any existing research programs and will target increased innovation and risk.
• June 30, 1999 – Terry Fox is voted Canada’s Greatest Hero in a national survey.
• October 29, 2007 – The Terry Fox Research Institute is launched, combining the clinical knowledge of cancer physicians with advanced laboratory expertise of scientific researchers, overcoming barriers of discipline and geography.
• February 27, 2010 – The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee creates the Terry Fox Award, presented to an athlete who embodies the values that Terry did, showing determination and humility in the face of obstacles. It is awarded to Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette and Slovenian cross-country skier Petra Majdic.
• September 16, 2011 – A new Terry Fox Memorial is unveiled at BC Place in Vancouver. The memorial consists of four individual sculptures, replicating Terry’s running gait, created by renowned artist, Douglas Coupland.
• May 2014 – The Foundation announces that over $650 million has been raised to support cancer research in Terry’s name.

Media contact: Fatima Siddiqui, B.C. Government Caucus: 778-984-2415