Terry Fox ran more than 3,000 miles across Canada in just 143 days.

The craziest part?

He did it on one leg while sick with cancer, raising over $800M for cancer research since.

This is his INCREDIBLE story.

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1) Terry Fox grew up in British Columbia, the middle child of a blue-collar family.

Fox loved sports all throughout his childhood, playing everything from soccer & rugby to basketball & baseball.

He even won high school athlete of the year before heading off to college.
2) As a freshman in college, Terry Fox started to feel discomfort in his knee following a car accident.

When he went to the hospital, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma — a form of cancer that often starts at the knees.

Doctors said his leg needed to be amputated immediately.
3) The night before his amputation surgery, Terry Fox was given an article about Dick Traum — an amputee that completed the NYC Marathon.

Feeling inspired, he promised his mom that he would do the same.

The unfortunate part?

After surgery, he still had 16 months of chemo.
4) Terry Fox started a running program 2 years after his leg amputation.

He trained for 15 months, ran over 3,000 miles & only took one day off — Christmas.

On one run his artificial leg snapped in half.

Terry hitch-hiked home, clamped it together & ran another 5 miles. WILD.
5) Why was Terry Fox training so hard?

Because while his parents thought he was training for a 26.2-mile marathon, Terry Fox had something else in mind.

His idea?

The Marathon of Hope, a 5,000 mile run across Canada to raise $1 million for cancer research.

Here's the map 👇
6) On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox started his journey from Newfoundland's eastern shore.

His plan was to follow the Trans-Canada Highway to Vancouver, running a marathon each day (26.2 miles) for more than 6 straight months.

Terry's brother & friend followed him in a van.
7)Terry Fox was initially disappointed with the reception he received while running.

But when he was handed a $10k donation from a small town of 10,000 people in Newfoundland, his attitude changed.

And so did his goal...

Fox now wanted to raise $24M — $1 for every Canadian.
8) As Terry Fox continued on his journey, the media began to pick up his story.

He threw out the 1st pitch at a Blue Jays game, met Hall of Famer Bobby Orr & collected donations ranging from $10-$20,000 from towns along the way.

The only problem?

He knew something was wrong.
9) On September 1st, now more than 3,000 miles into his journey, Terry Fox felt pain in his chest.

Knowing this was different than his sore knee & shine splits, he asked to be taken to the hospital.

The cancer had returned, spreading to his lungs.

His race was over.
10) Unfortunately, personal prayers from Pope John Paull II and thousands of letters wishing him well weren't enough.

In 1981, less than one year after he stopped running, Terry Fox died right before his 23rd birthday.

He had raised $25M, officially reaching his $24M goal.
11) In the end, I love this story for one simple reason:

Terry Fox simply didn't let anything get in his way, accomplishing his goals and inspiring millions along the way.

Even better?

His foundation has raised over $800 million since.

Now that's legendary.
12) If you want to learn more about Terry Fox's incredible life or donate to his foundation, make sure to check out the website below.

I highly recommend reading the story in detail.

Link: terryfox.org
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