Terry Fox and his contribution to Canadian history is celebrated on a new stamp — the sixth in a series of 10 commemorative stamps as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. Terry Fox is a 22-year-old Canadian cancer victim whose indomitable spirit and resolution won the admiration and support of countrymen from coast to coast.
StampNews.com encourages our readers to appreciate this inspirational philatelic item and its exquisite design!
This stamp – part of an ongoing commemorative program to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial – was unveiled with the help of Fox’s sister, Judith, near the iconic “Mile 0,” where the Marathon of Hope began on April 12, 1980, when Fox dipped his artificial right leg into the Atlantic Ocean.
Children from Roncalli Elementary in St. John’s also participated in the unveiling with a display of posters explaining how Fox inspires them achieve their goals.
While recovering in the hospital after being diagnosed with bone cancer at age 18 and having most of his right leg amputated, Terry saw the suffering of other cancer patients, especially children, and wanted to do something about it. His answer was his personal Marathon of Hope.
Canada Post said of the Canada 150 Marathon of Hope stamp: “On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox embarked on a quest to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He ran nearly a full marathon a day before he was forced to abandon his run in Thunder Bay, Ont., when his cancer spread. Fox died at age 22 in 1981 but his legacy lives on; the annual Terry Fox run has raised more than $700 million worldwide. The stamp shows Fox running in his iconic Marathon of Hope T-shirt.”