As a young man he was diagnosed with cancer and had to have his leg amputated. He decided to use his experience to raise awareness and money so that children across Canada would not have to suffer like he did.
He set out to run across Canada and raise $1 for every Canadian. He ran for 143 days and 5,373 kilometres before he was forced to stop because of cancer in his lungs. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age of 22.
Today we run to continue his Marathon of Hope and to help raise money to find a cure for cancer.
A couple of years ago I created a simple slide show to help teach students about Terry Fox. You can see it here.
I asked the students what they learned today and this is what they said:
He was running fast - Camilo
He was very brave - Dylan
He ran all the way to Ontario -Zakary
He ran very far away - Keira
I was running very fast - Ruth
He ran over 5000 kilometres - Kian
Terry Fox had cancer in his leg - Alessa
We also talked a lot about being a hero today. This is what we think a hero is:
Terry Fox - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires