Last week, Canada lost a national heroine. Betty Fox began her time in the spotlight simply as the mother of one of Canada's best-remembered heroes, Terry Fox, who, after being diagnosed with cancer in his late teens, attempted to run across Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer research. An amazing story made all the more remarkable by the fact that, Terry had lost a leg to cancer and was running with an artificial one.
Sadly, Terry's cancer returned and spread to his lungs, prematurely putting end to his cross-country adventure and, nine months later, his life as well. Terry Fox died on June 28, 1981 at the age of 22.
Since Terry's death 30 years ago, his mother Betty has carried on his cancer-fighting legacy, working tirelessly in support of cancer awareness and research. According to The Terry Fox Foundation website, she has been involved in all aspects of foundation, including speaking to hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in the decades since Terry's death. In 2010, Betty was a flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics and, a few days later, she and her husband Rolly carried the torch at the opening of the Paralympic Games. It's unusual for non-athletes to be honored in this way, and goes to show how much appreciation and admiration Canada has for the Fox family.
Being married to a Canadian, I was vaguely aware of Terry Fox and his importance in Canada, but I knew nothing of Betty Fox until her death. Here are a few of the condolences that have been shared in her guest book. It's clear that she inspired and will be missed by many. ~Jessica
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