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April 12, 1980...hope began...
Twenty six miles per day, Terry Fox ran.
An athlete, born in Coquitlam, BC;
He wanted others to be cancer free.

At eighteen, he'd lost one leg in his fight;
He knew pain and suff'ring, man's darkest night.
He started at St. John's, in Newfoundland;
Left foot in the ocean, he took his stand.

Fifty three hundred miles, his goal that day;
From east coast to west, a dream to relay;
Three thousand, three hundred and thirty nine...
Recurrence of cancer...end of the line.

On June 26, 1982...
The Terry Fox monument, bronze statue,
Was dedicated in the memory
Of this young man who fought courageously.

Love, in its anthem, eternal refrain,
Oft' goes that extra mile, in spite of pain.
As long as our God has more love to give,
The Terry Fox legend...destined to live.

In Memory of Terrance Stanley Fox
July 28, 1958-June 28, 1981


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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 8, 2009
    • Love this! My husband and I participate in the Terry Fox run on Maui. A wonderful experience.

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      W. Diane Van Zwol wrote Apr 10, 2009
    • Hey Cynthia,  

      Thanks for your feedback on this!

      I wrote the Terry Fox Legend poetry, a number of years ago, for a photograph of the Terry Fox monument, situated just outside of the city of Thunder Bay, in Ontario (Canada). That is where I live.

      More chocolate and less grumpiness! I like that idea a whole lot. I still have three chocolates left! Are they good!

      “He is risen!”

      Have a blessed and happy Easter.


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