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Terry Fox Memorial at Mile Zero

Terry Fox

The Terry Fox Memorial at Mile Zero - photo by Binners

Canada’s national highway, the Trans Canada (Highway #1) links our east and west coasts.

Here, at the end of Douglas Street, is the Mile Zero marker showing the spot where Highway #1 meets the Pacific Ocean.

A few feet away stands the memorial to Terry Fox.

At the age of 21, Terry Fox became a beloved inspiration to all Canadians because of his determination and his complete sense of giving.

A native British Columbian, Terry lost his leg to cancer at age 18.  Despite this, Terry decided to do an across-Canada run to raise awareness and money for cancer research.

He began in April, 1980, when he dipped his leg into the Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland and began his run covering 26 miles a day.  But sadly, Terry had to stop 5 months later, in Northern Ontario, having covered more than half the distance. His cancer had reappeared. He died the following year, in June of 1981, at the age of just 22.

Terry’s memorial is at Mile Zero, where his original Marathon of Hope was to end. His legacy is carried on annually as school children and people of all ages across Canada, and around the world, participate in The Terry Fox Memorial Run.


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