Terry Fox Memorial
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Douglas St @ Dallas Rd
Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that often begins in the legs. As part of his treatment, his right leg was amputated. He began training for and running marathons, and then planned the Marathon of Hope, a run across Canada intended to raise cancer awareness and research funding.
He started his run at the Atlantic Ocean at St. John's, Newfoundland, where he collected two bottles of ocean water, one of which he intended to pour into the Pacific Ocean when he completed his run in Victoria.
Terry Fox was not able to complete the marathon. In September, after severe coughing and chest pains he went to a Thunder Bay, Ontario hospital where he found out that his cancer had spread to his lungs. Fox died the following June. Fox may not have completed his run, but he succeeded in his mission to raise cancer awareness and research funding. The annual Terry Fox Run is the world's largest single-day fundraiser for cancer research. Over the years, more than half a billion dollars has been raised in his name.
A statue of Terry Fox stands near Trans-Canada Highway Mile 0 in Victoria where Fox was to have completed his Marathon of Hope.
Terry Fox Memorial (V09A0245)
Steve Fonyo Journey for Lives Marker (V09A0246)
Steve Fonyo lost his left leg to cancer when he was 12 years old. In 1984 he began the Journey for Lives marathon, covering more than 4900 miles in 14 months, ending in Victoria. He raised $14 million for cancer research.
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Trans-Canada Highway Mile 0, Victoria, British Columbia
- Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, British Columbia
- Walk Along Dallas Road, Victoria, British Columbia