The Terry Fox Story


At 18 years old, Canadian Terry Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer and told his right leg would need to be amputated above the knee. Terry’s personal experience and research led him to a simple conclusion – more money was needed for cancer research. And so, Terry decided to run across Canada to raise funds for cancer research. He dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean on April 12th, 1980 and proceeded to unite Canadians in a way never before, nor since, seen. The only thing that could have stopped Terry from reaching the Pacific Ocean did. Cancer returned in his lungs and he was forced to stop on September 1st, 1980 after having run 5,373 kilometres.

Before his death on June 28, 1981, Terry had achieved his once unimaginable goal of $1 from every Canadian. More importantly, he had set in motion the framework for an event, The Terry Fox Run, that would ignite cancer research in Canada, raising more than $850 million since 1980, and bring hope and health to millions of Canadians. To learn more about Terry Fox and The Marathon of Hope go to 


The marathon of hope

Terry decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research in a Marathon of Hope. He wanted to create change and fund a cure for all cancers. Terry ran close to 42 kilometres a day through Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. He ran through snow, rain, wind, heat, humidity. He stopped in more than 400 towns, schools and cities to talk about why he was running. 


Some days hundreds of people cheered him on; other days he was alone on the road, and no money was raised. But Terry never gave up hope that Canadians would respond to his story, to his effort…and he was right. Terry entered Ontario on June 28th the whole country was cheering him on and donating to cancer research. Canadians saw that Terry’s try was unlimited.

about Run organizers

The Terry Fox Run Ireland is organized on a volunteer basis by a small group of expat Canadians living in Ireland keen to bring the hope and optimism of Terry Fox back to Ireland, in tandem with the Irish Canadian Business Association and the Embassy of Canada to Ireland.

All funds raised will support Irish cancer research through the Irish Cancer Society

To learn more about the work of the Irish Cancer Society and the impact of your support go to