Run at Ma On Shan remembers Canada’s 22 year old hero

Hong Kong’s third annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research will be staged at Renaissance College, Ma On Shan, on November 7.

Terry Fox touched hearts worldwide in 1980 when he set off to run across Canada after one leg had been amputated. He had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma. With an artificial leg, Terry ran the equivalent of a marathon a day. His run was publicised globally.  He covered 3,339 miles before the cancer spread to his lungs, forcing him to abandon the run. Terry died nine months later. He was 22.

After losing a leg to cancer, Terry set off to run across Canada
After losing a leg to cancer, Terry set off to run across Canada

Canada’s eloquent Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said, “It occurs very rarely in the life of a nation that the courageous spirit of one person unites all people in celebration of his life and mourning of his death… We do not think of him as one who was defeated by disease but as one who inspired us with the example of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.”

Terry was the youngest person awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada. Highways, parks and buildings all over the country have been named after him.

The Renaissance College event to honour Terry and raise money for cancer research starts at 10am on Saturday, November 7. The first runners will set off at 11am on 3km, 5km and 10km courses. The runs are non-competitive.  All money collected will go to cancer research.

To donate, deposit money in HSBC, account name “Renaissance College”, bank a/c no. 511 335069 002

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