Thirty-five years ago in Gambo, NL, people were lining up to see Terry Fox.
“(They) gave me ten, twenty bucks just like that,” Fox wrote in his journal. “And that's when I knew that the Run had unlimited potential."
Fox, who had his right leg amputated in 1977 after a bone cancer diagnosis, started his Marathon of Hope on April 12 1980 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His plan was to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. But after running 5,373 kilometres in 143 days, Fox was forced to stop running outside Thunder Bay, Ont., because cancer appeared in his lungs.
In the time since Fox's death in 1981 at age 22, more than $650 million has been raised in his name. Now in the 35th anniversary of Fox’s run, Canadian Geographic mapped his route with information from the Terry Fox Foundation.