Terry Fox was just 18 when doctors discovered bone cancer in his right leg. They amputated his leg six inches above the knee. After undergoing chemotherapy and seeing other people, particularly children, suffer with cancer, Terry decided to make a difference. Fitted with a prosthetic leg and supported at first by just a few friends and family members, this brave young man set out to run across Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Terry began his Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. When a recurrence of cancer ended his cross-country run at Thunder Bay, Ontario, on September 1, 1980, Terry had run 3,339 miles in 143 days, roughly the equivalent of a marathon every day. After a courageous battle with the disease he had worked so hard to defeat, he passed away in June, 1981.
This would be an amazing enough story if it had just ended there. But it doesn’t. Participants from around the world keep alive Terry’s dream of curing cancer with the Terry Fox Run held annually in 52 countries. In the years since Terry died, participants have raised more than $350 million for cancer research around the world.
Nothing is more remarkable than what one person can accomplish. Whether his or her name is George Washington, Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln, or Thomas Edison – one person can do so much.
By yourself you aren’t much. But with God as your partner, you become a majority.