Terry Fox’s brother Fred Fox paid a visit to Grande Prairie last week to talk about cancer research and his brother’s legacy. Fox says Terry’s 143-day run in 1980 raised more than $24-million for cancer research and since then, more than $725-million has been raised around the world. He says, Terry never wanted the run to benefit just him, he wanted to make a difference for anyone suffering from the disease. “Even the run wasn’t about Terry Fox in his mind, it was about making a difference in other people’s lives. And for all cancers, not the type of cancer he was diagnosed with, he wanted the money that he raised to go to all kinds of cancer and that’s what we do today.”
Fox says fundraising in Terry’s name hasn’t slowed down over the years.
“Thirty-Seven years later things are happening, people are coming together and working together and that’s so important and that’s what the Terry Fox Research Institute does. It brings everyone together to talk, to share ideas, and that is what Terry would want happening.”
He says that money has made a difference, When Terry was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma in the seventies, it had a 15 per cent chance of being cured, now people have an 80 per cent of survival.
Fox was the guest speaker at Friday’s Rotary Lunch and the Rotary Club donated $5,000 to the Terry Fox Foundation.