Nearly 30 years after his death, Terry Fox has finally joined the Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame.
Terry Fox was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Though the spread of his cancer forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his determination and example created a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$500 million has been raised in his name.
Terry Fox joins other notable Winnipeggers including former mayor Stephen Juba, media magnate and philanthropist Israel Asper, suffragette Nellie McClung, artist Leo Mol, author Carol Shields and Winnipeg Jets founder Ben Hatskin.