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article imageTerry Fox's parents speak about their son

By KJ Mullins     Sep 1, 2010 in Health
Thirty years ago young Terry Fox was forced to give up his run across Canada when cancer returned. The news that cancer had come back to the young inspirational athlete was heartbreaking to his parents Betty and Rolly Fox.
Today the Fox's released a statement about that day 30 years ago.
"It is a difficult reminder of that day, 30 years ago, when we received the news that shattered our lives. We never wanted to think that Terry would not finish his run, nor did we ever want to imagine that it would be cancer that stopped him from reaching his goal. It was heartbreaking for us to realize that Terry would never finish his Marathon of Hope. "
As the parents look back over the last three decades they have realized that the last step of the run was not an ending but a very important beginning for cancer research in Canada.
"Our family lost our son and brother but we have derived great comfort in knowing that Canada and the world gained a symbol of hope and courage. It never ceases to amaze us when we hear how Terry changed people's lives. We still miss him every day but somehow it helps to know that millions of others do too. "
The Terry Fox Run has raised more than $553 million for cancer research in the last 30 years. Quoting Dorothy Wyatt, the Mayor of St John when Terry started his inspiration journey that it was not in Terry's dying that he achieved his purpose - it was in his living, his parents concluded.
"Terry's dream did not die with him in 1981. His dream lives on in the lives of every Terry Fox Organizer, volunteer, participant, donor, researcher and scientist who have taken up his cause of finding a cure for cancer. What Terry could not finish is now ours to finish. He left his Marathon of Hope in the hands of Canadians so that they could make it their own and ensure that it thrived. And they have done that magnificently. "
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