a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research which Fox ran with one prosthetix leg. He is considered one of Canada's greatest heroes of the 20th century and is celebrated internationally every September as people participate in the terry fox run, the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.
Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg , Manitoba , Canada to Rolly and Betty Fox. He was raised in Vancouver , British Columbia and then moved to the family home on Morrill Street in Port Coquitlam , British Columbia , with his brother Fred, his younger brother Darrell, and his sister Judith.
On November 12 , 1976 , Fox was driving back home along Port Coquitlam's highway in his green 1968 Ford Cortina . He was distracted by a bridge construction site, and his car slammed into a half-ton truck. Nothing happened to the driver of the truck; Fox came out of the accident with only a sore right knee.
In June 1981, Terry developed pneumonia , and on June 27 he went into a coma. He died on the 28th at 4:37 a.m., which was his favourite hour of running, a year after his legendary run, and exactly one month shy of his twenty-third birthday.
Terry's large funeral was broadcast live on national television . He is buried in the Port Coquitlam cemetery, near his favourite lookout just outside the cemetery gates.
The Terry Fox Run is run around the world every year to raise money for cancer research. It is non-competitive- no winners or awards, just people joining to raise money for cancer research. Schools all around also participate in the annual Terry Fox Run.
Steve Fonyo , a cancer survivor inspired by Fox, completed the full length of Fox's course in 1984 and 1985. Fonyo's left leg had been amputated.
In a public opinion poll, Terry Fox was voted the most famous Canadian of the 20th century. He was voted number two on The Greatest Canadian list.