Terry Fox – A reluctant hero – “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.”


July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981

Terry Fox was just a normal Canadian kid who had misfortune thrust upon him. It’s what he did in reaction to his fate that make him a Hero. As you’ll discover through the information and videos below, he had an inner strength far beyond his years. I had no recourse but to bring his story to those who may not have heard of Terry Fox. I must admit I was extremely moved as I watched, even though I knew his story. Fortunately his story lives on through those who carry on with his dream. -J.E.Goldie

At the age of only eighteen, Fox, a good athlete, was diagnosed with cancer and as a result his right leg had to be amputated. Instead of getting bogged down, he became mentally stronger and retained his positivity even with an artificial leg.

Soon, Fox formulated an ambitious plan of epic proportions wherein he wanted to traverse the entire length of Canada on foot to accomplish the dual purpose of raising funds for cancer research, and inspiring people with disabilities. Running over 43 kilometres each day, he travelled through Canada, spreading his message everywhere. In a short time, he acquired celebrity status and succeeded in securing sizeable donations. At the height of his popularity, his recurring cancer put an abrupt end to his marathon, subsequently leading to his untimely death. However, Fox had accomplished far more than what he had hoped for, not only collecting enough funds, but also making a statement that epitomized the strength of human spirit.-FamousPeople-

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • In 1980, he was bestowed with the honour of ‘Companion of the Order of Canada’ and became the youngest person to receive this honour.

  • He won the ‘Lou Marsh Award’ in 1980 as Canada’s top sportsman for that year.

  • He was chosen ‘Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year’ for 1980, and again for the next year. 

  • He breathed his last on June 28, 1981 after falling into a coma. Wikipedia


black bar3


Published by

Jen Goldie

"Life is made up of small comings and goings and for everything we take with us, we leave a part of ourselves behind" - Summer of 42

9 thoughts on “Terry Fox – A reluctant hero – “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.””

  1. Thank you for bringing the story of Terry Fox to everyone’s attention. In America, his exploits and life were well documented, and I can remember some. However, your words help me to fill in some missing details. Have a great rest of the week!

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.