"...I believe in miracles. I have to." - Terry Fox
TORONTO, July 15 /CNW/ - He was just an ordinary kid with a crazy idea.
But to millions of Canadians, he is one of the greatest heroes this country
has ever produced.
On Monday, July 28, VisionTV honours the 50th birthday of Terry Fox with
an evening of special programming that celebrates his life and legacy.
In 1977, at the age of 18, Terry Fox lost his right leg to cancer. Three
years later, he hatched an improbable scheme: to run from coast to coast, on
one prosthetic leg, to raise money for cancer research.
His run began, with little fanfare, in St. John's, Newfoundland on April
12, 1980. By early summer, the "Marathon of Hope" had captivated Canadians,
who followed Fox's progress daily on television and in newspapers.
On September 1, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, Fox was forced to
stop his run near Thunder Bay, Ontario: cancer had spread to his lungs.
Terry Fox died on June 28, 1981, at the age of 22. He had succeeded in
raising more than $24 million for cancer research.
Countless men and women have been inspired by his example. The Terry Fox
Run for cancer research is now an annual tradition in dozens of countries, and
has helped to raise more than $400 million.
For more information, please visit the official Web site of the Terry Fox
(*)(*)(*) VisionTV's Terry Fox Tribute (*)(*)(*)
A Dream as Big as Our Country: The Life and Times of Terry Fox Airs
Monday, July 28, 9 p.m. and Midnight ET/6 p.m. and 9 p.m. PT
The Terry Fox Story
Monday, July 28, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Repeats Thursday, July 31, 9 p.m. and Midnight ET/6 p.m. and 9 p.m. PT
For more on VisionTV programming, please visit www.visiontv.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contact: David Todd, Media Relations
Manager, Phone: (416) 368-3194, ext. 207, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org