There is an exhibit going on now commemorating Terry Fox and the 35th anniversary of his Marathon of Hope. The exhibit, titled Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada, opened at the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) in Gatineau, Quebec (immediately across from Ottawa, Ontario) on April 2, 2015.
Terry Fox (1958-1981) started his walk across Canada because he wanted to raise money for and awareness of cancer research. His Marathon of Hope began after he lost his right leg to cancer in 1979. The Terry Fox Centre in British Columbia has preserved many of the items from the Marathon of Hope, which Fox ran from April 12 to September 1, 1980, when his cancer returned to claim his life.
Fox’s Marathon of Hope lasted 143 days and 5,373 kilometres. It began in Newfoundland and ended in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Since Fox’s death, the Terry Fox Run has become an international event held every September.
I visited the exhibit in June, and I recommend it. The exhibit retraces the story of Fox’s marathon and how it continues to motivate and inspire people to contribute to the fight against cancer. I liked seeing all the artifacts on display, including his artificial leg. My favourites were the van his friend drove alongside Fox during the Marathon of Hope, and the Order of Canada that Fox received in late 1980.
Terry Fox: Running Through the Heart of Canada continues until January 3, 2016. You can order tickets online at http://www.historymuseum.ca/, or call 1-800-555-5621. TTY customers can call 1-819-776-7003.