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Hope by Terry Fox

300 pages
Ecw Press

Inside the mind of a Canadian icon — the highs, lows, and miles he conquered

Featuring excerpts from Terry’s very own Marathon of Hope journal

In 1976, when Terry Fox was just 18 years old, he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma and his right leg was amputated just above the knee. It quickly became his mission to help cure cancer so others would not have to endure what he had gone through. He dreamed up a Marathon of Hope — a fundraising run across Canada, from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia. 7,560 kilometers. 4,700 miles.

When he set off on April 12, 1980, Canadians were dubious. But as he continued across the country, enthusiasm grew to a frenzy. Sadly, Terry’s cancer returned, and after 143 days and 3,339 miles, he was forced to stop his Marathon of Hope. He passed away in 1981, but the nation picked up his mission where he left off: the annual Terry Fox Run has spread to over 100 countries and has raised more than $850 million to date — well over Terry’s goal of one dollar for every Canadian.

Through over 50 interviews with people throughout Terry’s life — ranging from his siblings, nurses, and coaches to volunteers during the Marathon of Hope — editor Barbara Adhiya discovers how Terry was able to run a marathon a day. Through their stories, passages from Terry’s marathon journal, and over 200 photos and documents, Hope shows that with enough resilience, determination, humility, and support, ordinary people can do impossible things.

Author Bio

Barbara Adhiya, in her 20-year career as an editor with newswires CP/AP and Reuters, has never lost her hope and faith in humanity. She was an author of Making It in High Heels 3: Innovators and Trailblazers and an editor for Expect Miracles by Dr. Joe Vitale and Finding Happiness by J. Patricia Gileno. She lives in Toronto, ON.