Thunder Bay, Ontario – Terry Fox tried to run clear across Canada with just one leg. He made over half way. Terry was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 18 and lost his right leg below the knee. He made up his mind to run to raise money for cancer research, and calling his challenge the Marathon of Hope, he managed to run with an artificial leg 26 miles a day for 143 days, from St. John’s Newfoundland to Thunder Bay, Ontario. His spirit captured the country. He began on April 12, 1980 in St. John’s Newfoundland, and after 5,373 km (3,339 miles) his cancer reappeared and he was forced to stop near Thunder Bay. He passed away on June 28, 1981 a month before his 23rd birthday, but his spirit has carried on. He wanted his run to count – and it has. Every year more than 500,000 people participate in Terry Fox fund-raising runs across Canada and around the world. To date, over 600 million dollars has been raised for research.
A section of the Trans Canada Hwy west of Thunder Bay has been named the Terry Fox Courage Hwy. Thunder Bay sits on the north shore of Lake Superior (the world’s largest body of fresh water) half way between Winnipeg and Sault Ste Marie. About 45 km from town, on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Superior, is Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. It was voted one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Canada’ by viewers of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Visitors can swim, fish, camp, hike and watch for wildlife from fox to moose. In Thunder Bay you can also visit Fort William Historical Park , which was once the largest fur trading post in the world.
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Terry Fox Courage Hwy, Thunder Bay Ontario