Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Terry Fox gets his day in Manitoba

  • Print

A true Canadian hero is about to have a day in Manitoba named after him.

The August civic holiday will be now known as Terry Fox Day, named after the Winnipeg-born athlete who was just 22 when he died in 1981 during his attempt to run across Canada on one leg in his Marathon of Hope.

While his run was cut short, the annual Terry Fox Run has raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the years for cancer research.

The government will introduce a bill in the upcoming fall session of the legislature to make the change. The province said it came to its decision after a "grassroots movement emerged on social media."

"Terry Fox embodied hope, courage, commitment and strength in the face of adversity," Selinger said in a press release. "Naming the civic holiday after him is a way for all Manitobans to honour this great Canadian for the hero he was."

"Terry Fox did so much in the global fight against cancer. He was not only an inspiring individual but a true pioneer," Selinger said. "Now when people are enjoying a holiday with their friends and family, they will remember the amazing man who inspires so many."

Terry's aunt, Nancy Wall, who lives in Winnipeg, called the news "wonderful" and a real tribute to "a great Canadian boy."

"I'm very pleased, naturally," Wall said today. "He was a wonderful young man. I used to think he could walk on water."

After running 5,374 kilometres in 143 days in 1980 from St. John's, N.L., to Thunder Bay, he had to stop his Marathon of Hope.

Fox was born in Winnipeg in 1958, and moved with his family to British Columbia when he was eight years old.

A natural athlete as a youngster, he excelled in soccer, rugby and baseball. He also did some long-distance running in junior high and high school.

In 1977, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of cancer that often starts near the knees. Doctors told him his leg had to be amputated.

Just two years later, he completed a marathon in B.C., and then started on a plan to run across Canada and raise millions for cancer research.

Fox was forced to stop his marathon in Thunder Bay, Ont., when cancer spread to his lungs.

"He was always a good standup kid, and when he had this horrible thing happen to him, he didn’t want people to feel sorry for him,' said his aunt. "He got sick, but he was already this extraordinary person. The door opened for him to help people out.

"He wasn’t out for publicity. He didn’t do any of it to get his name out. He sincerely wanted to help out."

Wall said she's still overcome by emotion when she thinks about her nephew.

"I have a good cry still when I think about him."

History

Updated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 8:41 AM CDT: Adds comments from Terry Fox's aunt.

9:03 AM: Corrects year Fox was born

12:26 PM: Adds quotes from Greg Selinger

July 31, 2014 at 2:57 AM: Corrects typo.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Bartley Kives on 5 obstacles for new mayor and city council

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A goose flys defensively to protect their young Wednesday near Kenaston Blvd and Waverley -See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge- Day 16 - May 23, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • The sun peers through the fog to illuminate a tree covered in hoar frost near Headingley, Manitoba Thursday- Standup photo- February 02, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Will you get out and vote for a new mayor and council?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google