Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada

Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada


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Celebrate the achievements of one of Canada’s greatest heroes!

Take an in-depth look at Terry’s epic 143 day journey, across 5,373 kilometres, from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

Developed by the Canadian Museum of History, in partnership with Terry Fox’s family, the exhibition features a wide array of artifacts and archival materials, displayed together publicly for the first time. Among these treasured items are Terry’s journal and artificial leg, as well as press clippings and media interviews. 

“This run is not for me. It’s for people like you who someday may have to fight what I have had to.” – Terry Fox

The Marathon of Hope began with little fanfare on April 12, 1980 when Terry dipped his prosthetic leg into the Atlantic Ocean at St. John’s, Newfoundland, and began his grueling marathon-a-day, cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. His determination, courage and integrity soon drew the attention — and won the hearts — of Canadians from coast-to-coast. Terry’s journey ultimately ended near Thunder Bay, Ontario, when the cancer returned and forced Terry to abandon the project. 

Terry Fox died a national hero at age 22 in June of 1981. While Terry may have had to cut the Marathon of Hope short, he raised $24 million – achieving his goal of raising $1 from every Canadian. To date, more than $700 million has been raised in Terry’s name, in support of cancer research.

A travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History, in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre.