May 30, 2009

Pink Baby visits the Terry Fox Monument

Terry Fox

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada's west coast. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977.
While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.

He would call his journey the Marathon of Hope.

After 18 months and running over 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles) to prepare, Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little fanfare. Although it was difficult to garner attention in the beginning, enthusiasm soon grew, and the money collected along his route began to mount. He ran 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day through Canada's Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario.

It was a journey that Canadians never forgot.

However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs. An entire nation was stunned and saddened. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at age 22.

The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning.

To date, more than $400 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry's name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.

Mom was one of the Canadians who lined the highway to cheer Terry on that fateful day. Terry stopped running just a mile past where mom was standing. Mom gets teary eyed, whenever she thinks or talks about it.

The Terry Fox Monument was erected, just a few short steps from where Terry stopped running. It is a must see if you visit Thunder Bay.

You can see the Sleeping Giant in the background.

Love Ruby, Penny & Pink Baby


Anonymous May 30, 2009 at 6:02 PM  

Oh my! I am so glad Pink Baby was able to go and pay her respects to what a wonderful young man!! Thank you very much for sharing this with her and with all of us!!


Taffy May 30, 2009 at 7:47 PM  

I see PB was sunbathing...just like me! Do you girls love to tan as well? What an amazing story and an even more amazing man, even at such a young age. Glad that his legacy still lives on to support others with cancer. ~Twix

Thor and Jack May 30, 2009 at 9:36 PM  

What a great story Girls! And what a wonderful man! Thanks for sharing with us.
So nice that Pink Baby could visit that place!


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! May 30, 2009 at 9:44 PM  

That was SOOOOO freakin' khool!

I knew woo two would show PB a great time!

Tank woo so much fur sharing Terry's story with those that hadn't heard of him yet!

He truly was a special hooman - and so wrong he had to leave soooo soon!


Lorenza May 30, 2009 at 9:56 PM  

Hi, Ruby and Penny!
Thanks for sharing this pawesome story!
Glad Pink Baby was there with you two!
Kisses and hugs

Anonymous May 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM  

Picture of the 3 of you in the car is pretty darn cute. Great story about Terry Fox - thanks. Tank

DoMoFi May 31, 2009 at 2:49 AM  

We should change our next vacation plan to Canada! :)

Molly the Airedale May 31, 2009 at 5:19 AM  

What an awesome story! We're so glad that Pink Baby had the opportunity to visit such a historic spot! The pictures are just beautiful!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ May 31, 2009 at 3:55 PM  

What an incredible story and what a very courageous young man!!! It is too bad the good ones get taken so young. Thank you for sharing some more of your area with us and Pink Baby.

Woos, the OP Pack

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ May 31, 2009 at 3:55 PM  

What an incredible story and what a very courageous young man!!! It is too bad the good ones get taken so young. Thank you for sharing some more of your area with us and Pink Baby.

Woos, the OP Pack

Alli and Frankie May 31, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

Wow! What a story!

You guys and pink baby are so cute in your seat! How does that work? Are you strapped in to it or just sitting up high? It looks cozy!

Molly the Airedale June 1, 2009 at 5:04 AM  

We have awarded you, Ruby and Penny! Check out our blog when you get a chance!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Raising Addie June 1, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

That is very neat that you are showing Pink Baby your important spots.

The three of you look adorable in the car!

Chasing my tale...
Addie, Lucie, and Hailey

Oskar June 2, 2009 at 10:33 PM  

My mom person says you are very luck to go & see a monument to Terry Fox.

I know you all had a great time.

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