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Cancer Scientists Mark 20th Anniversary Of Terry Fox’s Death

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — At the research laboratories named in honor of Terry Fox, there were no formal ceremonies Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the Canadian hero.

But Fox’s memory is never far from the minds of hundreds of Canadian scientists who owe their work to his legacy.

“There wasn’t some kind of special ceremony but certainly it was discussed,” said Peter Lanfdorp, senior research scientist. “He’s very much present in our minds.”

Fox died June 28, 1981, at age 22, 10 months after he was forced to suspend his Marathon of Hope cross-Canada run to aid cancer research.

The bone cancer that cost him his right leg had spread to his lungs during the 143-day odyssey, which ended in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on Sept. 1, 1980.

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