In 1980, after losing a leg to cancer, Terry Fox embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research.
Now the Royal BC Museum is celebrating the achievements of one of Canada’s greatest heroes with a new exhibition – Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada.
The fascinating exhibition features all kinds of memorabilia from Terry’s remarkable Marathon of Hope that began in St. John’s Newfoundland on April 12, 1980.
After 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, Terry’s dream ended when, tragically, his cancer returned and spread to his lungs.
Terry ended his run in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and died nine months later, at age twenty-two.
The exhibition tells the story of the young man who inspired a nation.
“It’s a very simple exhibit” explains Jocelyne Lavac from the Museum, “that has a really impactful story, on Terry Fox, of course.
“It talks about the journey from beginning to end.
“For example, we have his favourite prosthetic, and also his spare prosthetic that he had to bring with him.
“His shoes are also here, so you can see the damage upon them.
“It’s a really great way to learn about his life, and just a great way to leave the museum feeling inspired.” says Lavac.
To date, more than $700-million dollars has been raised for cancer research in Terry’s name.
Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada will be on display at the Royal BC Museum until October 1st.