Terry Fox: A Story Of Hope

I was just a toddler when Terry Fox set out on a mission to run across Canada to raise money to fight Cancer with his Marathon Of Hope, yet I know the story well. Terry Fox was diagnosed with bone Cancer at age 18, and only days after diagnosis his leg was amputated, and he wore a leg prosthesis. Being active and athletic his whole life, he was walking and running only a couple of months after he got his prosthesis. Terry Fox set out on the Eastern Coast, with only a few witnesses seeing him off on his journey. He ran an average of 26 miles a day, making his way to the West Coast {in tremendous pain too, I must add}. After 143 days, he just couldn’t do it anymore – the cancer had returned, this time to his lungs. Terry Fox died one month before his 23rd birthday {I vividly recall my entire family crying when they heard the news}. Yet, Terry’s determination, courage and strength lives on since that day in 1981. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Marathon Of Hope, and the book ‘Terry Fox: A Story Of Hope’ has been re-released to celebrate his life and his journey. Written by Maxine Trottier, this book is a short biography of his life from birth to his passing.

Thanks to Scholastic Canada, I received a copy of Terry Fox: A Story Of Hope and it was literally impossible to put this book down. It’s a short read, but one that moved me immensely. There are great facts that I didn’t know myself, and I feel so much more admiration for Terry Fox after reading it. I also liked the section on how he was honored during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, his parents were torchbearers.

During his quest, he raised 24 million dollars, yet his story lives on today. Most schools participate in the Terry Fox Run or Walk every year, there is the Terry Fox Foundation and many many more fundraisers and events throughout the year in Canada. It’s our time to remember Terry’s dedication and determination, and help his legacy and goals live on. Yet, many countries, based on the story of Terry Fox now hold International Runs, to raise money for Cancer as well. To date, thanks to Terry Fox, there has been over 500 million dollars raised. I know he would be proud.

Terry Fox: A Story of Hope is a wonderful biography for kids {intended for ages 7-12}, since it’s filled with photos and actual letters that he wrote. His story is one that inspires and motivates – one that I have used to show Isabelle that one person can make a huge difference in this world. This book is a must for all schools, a great teaching tool for kids to know why they participate in the Terry Fox Run or Walk – anyone can accomplish anything with determination, courage and hope. Terry Fox is a hero which no Canadian will ever forget.

Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue.
It’s got to keep going without me.
” Terry Fox

Disclosure: I was provided with product to facilitate this review post, opinions are my own.


  1. I hate to admit this but I remember being scared of Terry Fox – well not him, but at 6 or 7 years old I had never seen anyone with a prosthetic limb. It was also the first I had heard of this terrible beast called ‘cancer’. When he dies it frightened me that much more. As I grew older I came to understand what he stood for – I can’t believe it’s been 20 years!

  2. Omgosh, I remember watching him run and I was in front of the tv when he had to quit…I was in tears, sobbing.

    Here in Victoria, at Mile Zero of the Trans Canada Highway we have a beautiful statue of Terry.

    He really is the hero of a lifetime for Canadians.


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  3. I remember my mom telling me about how she met him when he ran across Newfoundland at the beginning of his marathon. He was joking with her about how his hair wasn’t curly until after the cancer treatments. My 8 year old son thinks Terry is one of the biggest heroes ever. I think he’s right.

  4. I first paticipated in the Terry Fox run in Sept 1992. I was in grade 9 and my brother John was in starting his first year in Junior high at different schools. Only a few days into the school year our family and friends lives were changed when my brother was diagnosed with cancer. John’s soccer team and friends pushed him partly through the run. John’s face was used one year for the cancer society. He became part of the Terry’s Team years later. He has met Betty (Terry’s mom) a few times over the years. Terry’s story is one of hope and I find it amazing how active his mom is to this day in the fight against cancer.
    I did not know you (Tammi) yet but I am sure she had heard the rumblings of a young new student to school was sick. (If I am correct on the junior high you went too) 🙂 . Wow I am feeling old that it will be 18 years in Sept.

  5. I watched him on his journey everyday he was an outstanding human being and a great example of a man. When his mother carried the Olympic Torch I cried.

  6. I would really love to win this book. In fact, I’ll probably run out and get it even if I don’t win.
    My kids go to a school named for Terry Fox, and I am originally from Thunder Bay, where the monument is located.
    I have taken my kids to see the monument.
    My kids run for Terry Fox every year.

  7. in elementary school we always use to do a terry fox run to raise money


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  9. I remember watching Terry Fox running on the news reports that covered his journey. I thought at the time that he must be an incredible person to be able to take on such a run with only one leg.

  10. I’m not leaving a comment for me but for my 8 year old son who’s been running to raise money for Terry Fox since he was six. Because of his running and raising money, he actually got to meet Terry’s brother Darryl. It would be amazing for him to be able to win a book about his hero. Here’s a little snippet of his endeavour http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/a_boy_and_his_hero

    1. That is awesome, Sharon!
      I am so happy to hear that!
      Heading there right now to read the story…


  11. We participate in the run every year. He’s a hometown hero here in Port Coquitlam! Last year my husband raised money & shaved his head in the Great Canadian Headshave put on by the Terry Fox Foundation. It’s such a phenomenal cause, and he was & is such an inspiration!

  12. Terry Fox and my older brother Charlie were childhood friends in Winnipeg, and Terry only lived a few blocks away. We all went to the same elementary school and played at the school playground together.

    I have met Betty Fox a few times; she is the most amazing and inspiring person. Terry continues to live through her.

  13. I remember participating in the run when I was in elementary school. I even did a book report on Terry Fox. He was one of my heroes.

  14. I loved the TF Run’s every year…and the sad song at the end of the documetary we watch every year.. ( HE AIN”T HEAVY….HE”S MY Brother…) Sigh…

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