Terry Fox still inspires Canadians, 30 years on
Published Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:28PM EDT
Myriam Badger lost her leg to the same bone cancer as Terry Fox. She is at a Terry Fox Run in Ottawa for the first time -- following her hero's footsteps.
"I was diagnosed the same year he did the run, actually, 30 years ago," Badger says.
"The hope he gave me as kid was an inspiration. I want to pass that on to people, too."
A dollar for every Canadian
Fox's dream of earning a dollar from every Canadian was called unrealistic when he began his Marathon of Hope in 1980.
Now, his foundation has raised $550 million. A belief that Fox showed Canada, running 42 kilometers a day across the country on a prosthetic leg. Now, his legacy spans 40 countries around the world.
"It still is the grassroots volunteer event that incorporates every one, so there's no entry fee," says Jerri Southcott of the Terry Fox Foundation. "Kids come with their piggy banks."
'Everyone know someone'
Over 2,000 people are running, walking, rolling, or pushing -- united in their hope for a cure.
"I think the thing with the Terry Fox Run is everyone has been affected by cancer, everyone knows someone who has been affected," says participant Jas Myre.
Even though Fox couldn't finish his journey, 30 years later, his legacy is racing on, and saving lives.
"I'm really happy to be here," Badger says. "I have a lot of gratitude for the support I received from Terry Fox fundraising in my own life."
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Alyshah Hasham