Who is Terry Fox?

Eighteen-year-old Terry Fox of Port Coquitlam, BC never saw himself as remarkable. Granted, he displayed an unusual determination to achieve the goals he set for himself but his orbit was local – family, school, sports and friends. But Terry’s cancer diagnosis of osteogenic sarcoma just above the knee, the subsequent amputation of his leg and experience in the children’s cancer wards changed all that. A newly nurtured reservoir of compassion, combined with a fierce determination to bring an end to the suffering cancer causes, set Terry out on a path that, quite simply, changed the world.

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Terry’s personal experience led him to a simple conclusion – more money was needed for cancer research. Terry decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research in a Marathon of Hope. And so, in the modest but motivated style that would prove to be his trademark, Terry started training and planning for his cross Canada run to raise funds for cancer research. He dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean on April 12th, 1980 and proceeded to unite Canadians in a way never before, nor since, seen. The only thing that could have stopped Terry from reaching the Pacific Ocean did. Cancer returned in his lungs and he was forced to stop on September 1st, 1980 after having run for 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles).

Before his death on June 28, 1981, Terry had achieved his once unimaginable goal of $1 from every Canadian. More importantly, he had set in motion the framework for an event, The Terry Fox Run, that would ignite cancer research and bring hope and health to millions.

Every year, millions of people in close to 35 countries participate in Terry Fox Runs and Terry Fox fundraising events.

TO DATE OVER $850 MILLION CAD HAS BEEN RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH IN TERRY’S NAME.

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Want to get involved?

Community
Run

The Terry Fox Run Hong Kong is excited to announce that we will continue to support cancer research through a Virtual Run for our 2021 event. 

Corporate
Participation

Our past success are credited to local supporters such as yourself and your organization. Become a Supporting Organization of the Terry Fox Run Hong Kong 2021.

School
Participation

Hosting a Terry Fox Run at your is an  incredible way to  build school spirit and unite all members of your school community in working towards a school fundraising goal!

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