“I just wish people would realize that anything is possible if you try."
If you're Canadian and born before the 80's these photos will give you goosebumps.
I remember when Terry Fox died. The news was glowing in the living room and my parents were sitting silent. I was 6, so I didn't understand why they were so sad, but I knew he must be important.
A man, with one leg lost to cancer, set out to run across Canada. All he had was a couple of follow cars and fans in every town who would run, bike, or drive behind him. People would wait at the end of their driveway for him to run by. The fact that he was raising money for cancer research has always been secondary to me. This guy was going to run across Canada with one leg.
He started in St. John's and made it to Thunder Bay, running the equivalent of a full marathon every day. He was forced to abandon the Marathon of Hope because the cancer had spread to his lungs. His memorial in Northern Ontario is a moving place, if you ever get the chance to go.
To my eyes, Terry Fox's hop–jump–hop–jump running style
is as iconic as our flag, and equally as beautiful. He's my Canadian hero.