Terry Fox Essay, Research Paper
In Canadian history there are many famous
people. In my mind one really stands out among the rest. His name is Terry
Fox and he is one of the greatest athlete to run on the face of this planet.
Terry discovered he had cancer and then decided to run across Canada. He
was a brave man who would take what the world through at him. Running across
Canada was his way to show the world that he was not going out with out
Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg Manitoba
on July 28 1958 Terry was raised in port Coquintlam, British Columbia.
He was very athletic from a young age. When he was in grade eight Terry
was rated nineteen out of nineteen on his basketball team. For that first
season he was on the court for approximately one minute. This did not affect
Terry and did not let it get to him, fore just two years later Terry was
the starring player on his team. By the time he graduated he became one
of two athletes to receive the schools highest athletic award.
Terry knew that aches and pains are common
in athlete?s lives. At the end of his first year of university there was
a new pain in his knee. One morning Terry woke up to see that he could
no longer stand up. A week later Terry found out that it was not just an
ache he had a malignant tumor; his leg would have to be cut off six inches
above the knee. Terry?s doctor told him that he had a chance of living
but the odds were fifty to seventy percent. He also said that he should
be glad it happened now fore just 2 years ago the chance of living was
fifteen percent. The night before his operation a former coach brought
Terry a magazine featuring a man who ran a marathon after a similar operation.
Terry didn?t want to do something small if he was going to do something
he was going to do it big. ?I am competitive? Terry said, ?I?m a dreamer.
I like challenges. I don?t give up. When I decided to do it, I knew it
was going to be all out. There was no in between Terry?s sixteen month
follow up he saw all the young people suffering and getting weak by the
disease. He never forgot what he saw and felt burdened to thoughts that
died to run this marathon. He was one of the lucky one in three people
to survive in the cancer clinics. Terry wrote asking for sponsorship ?
I could not leave knowing that these faces and feelings would still be
here even though I would be set free of mine, somewhere the hurting must
stop? and I was determined to take myself to the limit for these causes.?
Terry got back into sports and joins a wheelchair basketball team. He took
on his new challenge as he usually had. Terry made himself strong by pushing
his wheel chair. He would push himself along the sea wall of Stanley Park
in Vancouver or find a steep mountain of a log road and would go to his
hands bled. Two years after Terry stated his training to run, so nobody
could see him he ran his first half-mile in the dark. For fifteen months
of training and after running 3159 miles his stump was raw and bleeding.
Terry ran 101 days everyday he ran 23 miles a day and only stopped for
Christmas because his mother asked him. Terry was always determined. One
day when his artificial leg broke he hitchhiked home and fixed his leg
and ran another 5 miles. He told his mother about his journey to run across
Canada his mother told him he was crazy but when she told his father he
simple asked ?When??
Terry received his sponsorship and on April
12 1980 he dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic ocean of the coast
of St. Johns Newfoundland, there he began to run the greatest Adventure
of his life,
?I loved it,? Terry said. ? I enjoyed myself
so much and that was what other people couldn?t realize. They thought I
was going through a nightmare running all day long. People thought I was
going through hell. Maybe I was partly, but still I was doing what I wanted
and a dream was coming true and that, above everything else, made it all
worthwhile to me. Even thought it was so difficult, there was not another
thing in the world I would rather been doing. I got satisfaction out of
doing things that were difficult. It was an incredible feeling. The pain
was there, but the pain didn?t matter. But that?s all a lot of people could
see; they couldn?t see the good that I was getting out of it myself.?
The people took on Terry?s dream and took
him seriously they cried as they seen him run. His hands were clutched,
eyes half opened and his double step of his real leg and the artificial
leg. He had the look of courage. Every morning at dawn Terry would get
up and put on his running shorts and t-shirt with the Canadian map on it.
Terry?s begging goal was one million dollars, but he thought why couldn?t
everybody just donate one dollar and raise twenty three million dollars.
The money started to come from everywhere as Terry ran people would press
one hundred dollar bills in to his hands. Through out this time, which
Terry ran, he started to neglect his doctor appointments, and said that
his cancer would not come back but it did. Doctors in Thunder Bay Confirmed
that the cancer had come back hard and hit him in the lungs. During Terry?s
test he decided to get a bite to eat with his mother, across the street
from the hospital. Feeling weak Terry collapsed in the middle of the street.
?Yesterday I could run twenty three miles and now I can?t cross the street.?
Terry said. Terry?s mother cried as Terry spoke to the reporters ?Well,
you know, I had primarily cancer is in my lungs and I have to go home.?
His voice broke as he spoke. But he continued ?and have some more x-rays
or maybe an operation that will involving opening my chest or more drugs
I?ll do everything I can. I?m gonna do my best. I?ll fight. I promise I
wont give up.? His father pleated with him to give up and take the rest
of his life slowly. For ten months Terry battle with the disease left him
in pain for most of the end of his life. Terry died with his family beside
him on June 28, 1981 one month before his twenty third birthday.
Terry Fox in my opinion was a true Canadian
hero He went to his limit to fulfill the dreams of all his friends that
he made in the cancer clinics. He gave his life to those people and died
for them. Terry is not a person that anybody will forget. He is and amazing
person and a good role model for anybody to look up to. He has proven that
he can take anything the world throws at him.