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Allocation of Funds Begins
The Terry Fox New Initiative Programs, a new division of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, begins allocating the $27.8 million raised to that point by the Marathon of Hope.
Terry Fox Humanitarian Award
The federal government, through the Department of Fitness and Amateur Sport and the Department of Canadian Heritage, establishes a $5 million endowment in Terry’s name to provide scholarships to young Canadians. The government grants the fund another $10 million on 31 May 2006.
First Terry Fox Run
The inaugural Terry Fox Run takes place at 760 locations in Canada and internationally. Three hundred thousand people take part, raising $3.5 million.
Betty Fox Carries Flag at Olympic Opening Ceremonies
Terry’s mom, Betty Fox, who in the years since her son’s death became a tireless advocate for cancer research, serves as one of eight flag bearers who carry the Olympic flag during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Steve Nash’s “Into the Wind” Premieres at TIFF
“Into the Wind,” an hour-long episode of ESPN’s acclaimed 30 For 30 series co-directed by NBA star Steve Nash, has its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I remember being a six-year-old boy and waking up every morning and rushing to the TV to see where Terry was that day,” Nash said at the time, describing Fox as his personal hero. “To see his face hiding the pain and to hear his words disguising the sacrifice was as motivating and as educational an experience as I’ve ever had.” The episode airs on ESPN on 28 September.
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Marathon of Hope Ends
After running 5,373 km in 143 days, and having raised around $2 million, Fox stops his run in Thunder Bay due to chest pains. X-rays later reveal the cancer has spread to his lungs. Before returning to Port Coquitlam, he tells a press conference: “I'm gonna do my very best. I'll fight. I promise I won't give up.”
Terrace Bay, Ontario (5,153 km)
Terry writes in his journal about a 10-year-old boy who had lost his leg to cancer: “Greg rode his bike behind me for about six miles and it has to be the most inspirational moment I have had!… At night we had a beautiful reception in Terrace Bay. I spoke about Greg and couldn’t hold back the emotion.”