Markham-Unionville Terry Fox Run



An annual charitable walk/run/ride to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, and to realize Terry Fox's dream of finding a cure for cancer.


July 28, 1958 - Terrance Stanley Fox is born in Winnipeg, MB. September, 1976 - Terry enrolls at Simon Fraser University, studies kinesiology and tries out for the junior varsity basketball team. March 9, 1977 - Terry goes to a doctor complaining of a pain in his right knee. Tests discover that he has osteogenic sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Within days, his leg is amputated six inches above the knee. Shortly after the operation, Terry practices walking on an artificial limb. February 1979 - Terry wants to help find a cure for cancer and starts training for his Marathon of Hope, a cross Canada run to raise money for research. He runs over 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles) in training. October 15, 1979 - Terry writes to the Canadian Cancer Society to support his run. April 12, 1980 - St John’s, Newfoundland: Terry dips his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean and begins his journey, running an average of 42 kilometres a day (26 miles). During his run, Terry meets Canadians from all walks of life – from politicians and famous athletes to people greeting him at the side of the road. September 1, 1980 - After 143 days and 5,374 kms (3,339 miles) Terry is forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario; his primary cancer has 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 2, 1980 - Isadore Sharp, Chairman and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, informs the Fox family that a fundraising run that would be held every year in Terry’s name. He writes, “You started it. We will not rest until your dream to find a cure for cancer is realized.” September 9, 1980 - The CTV network organizes a star-studded telethon, lasting five hours and raising $10 million. Terry watches the event from his hospital room but falls asleep before the end, exhausted from his cancer treatment. February 1, 1981 - Terry’s dream 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 ongoing treatment with chemotherapy and interferon, Terry dies at Royal Columbian Hospital – one month short of his 23rd birthday. An entire nation mourns his death as tributes from around the world pour in. September 13, 1981 - The first Terry Fox Run is held at more than 760 sites in Canada and around the world, attracting 300,000 participants and raiseing $3.5 million. May 26, 1988 - The Terry Fox Run becomes a Trust, independent of the Canadian Cancer Society and becomes known as The Terry Fox Foundation. April 12 – September, 2005 - The 25th Anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope brought about several remarkable events and fundraisers. The Canadian Mint launched the Terry Fox $1 coin, Canadian author Douglas Coupland released the book “Terry’, Maxine Trottier published the children’s book “A Story of Hope” and CTV produced the motion picture “Terry”. Over 14,000 Canadians walked the Confederation Bridge between PEI and New Brunswick as a Terry Fox Run. More than 3 million students and educators took part in the first National School Run Day. More than $45 million, a record amount, was raised in 2005. 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. April 12, 2015 - The Foundation announces that total fundraising efforts for cancer research reach the $700 million mark.