Terry Fox: Running To The Heart of Canada is a new exhibit at the Manitoba Museum. It opens today, July 14th and runs until October 10, 2016. The exhibit provides an in-depth look the inspiring journey of Terry Fox. It explores many artifacts and materials like media interviews, press photographs, news clips, Terry’s journal, and his prosthetic leg.
Terry Fox is not an unfamiliar name in Canada. The Winnipeg-born, cross-country runner passed away in June 1981, at only 22 years old, after the return of his cancer during his famous Marathon of Hope.
Terry started the Marathon of Hope to fundraise money for cancer research hoping to raise 1$ from everyone in Canada. He had collected about $24 million and, since his passing, has inspired the donation of approximately $700 million- and that number keeps growing.
In 2015, the Province of Manitoba introduced a bill that gave Terry Fox his very own day in August. Terry Fox Day is the recognition of Winnipeg as his birthplace and ensures that his legacy is continued. His hope, courage, strength, and commitment to a cause he believed in continue to inspire new generations of teenagers all over Manitoba and Canada to work hard at making their dreams a reality.
“Thirty-five years later, it was time to share the Terry Fox collection and compelling story that memorabilia evokes with the world” – Darrel Fox, sibling.