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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Terry Fox 25th Anniversary


TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada honored legendary runner Terry Fox with a memorial on Tuesday and a new C$1 coin with his image to mark the 25th anniversary of his famous Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research.
Fox, who lost a leg to cancer when he was a teenager, launched his cross-Canada marathon exactly 25 years ago by dipping his prosthetic leg into the Atlantic Ocean with the aim of running all the way to the Pacific.
He never made it. After 5,376 kilometers (3,341 miles) the cancer that had taken his right leg had spread to his lungs and forced Fox to quit near Thunder Bay, Ontario, on Sept. 1, 1980. He died less than a year later at age 22.

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