Richmond Hill will honour Terry Fox and the 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope with the unveiling of the Terry Fox Tribute. More than 700 residents participated in public consultations which determined that the community wants a realistic, traditional representation of Terry Fox.
An independent jury selected internationally-acclaimed artist Radoslaw Kudlinski to create the Tribute in collaboration with Anna Passakas. Kudlinski is a sculptor trained in the tradition of Auguste Rodin. Kudlinski and Passakas form the art collective Blue Republic and will attend the unveiling.
Fred Fox, Terry Fox's brother, was a member of the selection jury and participated in the development process. Along with sister Judith Fox, Fred Fox will attend and speak at the unveiling.
The statue will be unveiled in Ransom Park, which has been redesigned to honour Terry Fox. The park features a Corten steel wall with the words of Richmond Hill residents in response to the question "What does Terry Fox mean to you?"
Along with the unveiling, a community celebration will take place from 2 - 4 p.m. and will include a live band, free ice cream (while quantities last) and fun activities for the family. The celebration takes place on Yonge Street, between Centre Street and Arnold Crescent/Lorne Avenue.
Terry Fox is considered one of Canada's greatest heroes. He was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager and had his right leg amputated. Wanting to support cancer research, he went on to inspire cancer patients and Canadians alike by running across Canada to raise awareness and funding. His Marathon of Hope began on April 12, 1980 in Newfoundland, and sadly, it ended in Thunder Bay on September 1 because cancer had spread to his lungs. Terry Fox passed away the following year, in 1981. As Terry's legacy continues through annual Terry Fox Runs and the work of the Terry Fox Foundation, more than $700 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research.
For more information, visit RichmondHill.ca/TerryFox. Attendees are encouraged to tweet their photos to @myRichmondHill using #TerryFoxTribute.
Please Note: The Terry Fox Tribute Unveiling and Community Celebration takes place rain or shine. Consider carpooling, as parking is limited.