On June 28, 1981, Fred Fox and his family stood by Terry Fox’s side as his battle with cancer came to a close. He had been forced to halt his Marathon of Hope when his cancer returned, but he remained hopeful of finishing his journey back home to British Columbia. On that tragic day in June he passed away, leaving a legacy that would inspire millions to carry on his journey to end cancer during the annual Terry Fox Run.
Not one for fame or glory, Terry’s mission was never about himself. “He was running all those miles every day — almost an average of a marathon a day — not to be considered a hero or to be famous 32 years later,” says his brother Fred. “He just wanted to be out there to do what he could to help other people who would be diagnosed with cancer.”
Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer took place on Oct.1, 2011 at Ontario Place, with 200 teams raising $2.4 million for cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society. Don Cherry, NHL star Jeremy Roenick, Tyler Stewart of Barenaked Ladies, and many others, also took part in the record-breaking event. It was an incredible day and one that will be repeated annually in cities across Canada with a vision to conquering cancer in our lifetime. Read more