On this day in 1981: the great Terry Fox, who ran 5,373 kilometres over 143 days, passed away:
To see Terry Fox run was to love him. “Kids chased him. People who had a lost a limb were inspired by him. Communities rallied behind him,” says Sheldon Posen, curator of Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada, a new exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. “He was every kind of hero you can think of.” He was every kind of hero you can think of. But Terry Fox didn’t want to be a hero. He wanted to raise money for cancer research. More than 35 years ago Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean in a Newfoundland harbour, and then set out on what he had planned would be a six month run across the country. With a double hop stride that would come to represent his determination and grit, Terry started a run and solidified his icon status and faith in the human spirit. He would run about a marathon a day through six provinces, and only s...