Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba Terry Fox was one of Canada's greatest heroes.

In 1977, at the age of 18, Terry was diagnosed with cancer and had his leg partially amputated because of it. During his hospital stay Terry heard about an amputee in New York that had taken part in a marathon. This story inspired him so much that in 1980 Terry decided to run across Canada on his new prosthetic limb. The run was dubbed the Marathon of Hope, and its goal was to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

Terry started his marathon alone in Newfoundland on April 12 of 1980. As he ran, more and more attention was drawn to his quest, and soon the eyes of the entire nation were watching. As he ran westward, Terry was able to travel an average of 43 kilometers a day.

Sadly, on September 1 of 1980, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometers, he was forced to stop near Thunder Bay, Ontario because of the reappearance of his cancer.

Terry passed away on June 28 of 1981 at the age of 22.

Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope still continues today in his honor, and has raised approximately $250 million worldwide for cancer research.