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By KJ Mullins     Jun 17, 2011 in World
Chilliwack - The mother of Canadian hero Terry Fox has passed away. Mrs. Betty Fox died this morning in Chilliwack. She had been suffering from complications from diabetes and arthritis.
The family released the following statement:
"It is with considerable sadness that we share that our wife, mother and grandmother died at 8:25am (PT) this morning. Betty/Mom passed away peacefully surrounded by love. Betty was comfortable the last few weeks and months of her life, was always full of wit and rarely alone. Our wife and mom is now with Terry and joins other dear family members that predeceased her. We have greatly appreciated the privacy granted to our family since Betty's illness was shared and are hoping it continues at this difficult time."
Mrs Fox rose to fame as her son Terry became a hero for cancer sufferers world-wide while attempting to cross Canada on foot to raise money and awareness for cancer research. As a mother who had just watched her son battle through chemo and radiation treatments that weakened his body Betty was initially against the run. In the end as Terry's courage and determination prevailed she became one of his biggest supporters.That run, with the goal to get a dollar per Canadian donated for research has become a global effort to conquer cancer. When Terry died he wasn't aware he had fulfilled his dream, over $24 million had been donated.
“I strongly believe that we all have a guardian angel, and for me Terry is certainly it,” she told a journalist in 2000.
The qualities that made Terry Fox beloved were shared by his mother. Stubborn, blunt of speech, hot tempered when riled, Ms. Fox was “very bright, very direct and shrewd and she passed these qualities along to her son,” says Toronto lawyer Herb Solway, a former adviser to the Fox family reports the Globe and Mail.
Terry's run ended just outside of Thunder Bay as the cancer he had battled came back with a vengeance. Betty was quickly by his son and stayed there as the disease took her boy's life.
For thirty years she worked tirelessly to keep Terry's memory and dream alive. That devotion saw the Terry Fox Foundation become known world wide.
During the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games she and her husband passed the Paralympic torch to ignite the flame that officially opened those games.
“Carrying the flame in meant so much to both of us because we were carrying it for Terry, not for us or our family, but for our son,” Betty said. “I have to say that I know Terry’s watching and he would be so proud of all these athletes for the Paralympics.”
Like her son Terry she was much loved by Canada and will be missed. She leaves behind husband Rolly Fox and their surviving children Fred, Darrell, and Judith and nine grandchildren.
Cards and messages can be sent or posted to:
address: C/O The Terry Fox Foundation, Suite 303, 46167 Yale Road, Chilliwack, BC, V2P 2P2
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