An inspirational figure and a national hero in Canada, in 1980 Terry Fox set off on a ‘Marathon of Hope’ from Newfoundland in the far east of Canada. Despite having one leg amputated due to cancer, the young athlete’s goal was to raise awareness for cancer research by running across the country. He never made it. With the cancer spreading, he was forced to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373km. His efforts ultimately cost him his life.
The efforts of CanCham and other organizations around the world aim to continue the work started by Terry Fox, organizing an annual run to raise money for cancer research.