Terry Fox monument in St. John’s marks Mile Zero of the Marathon of Hope

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April 12, 2012

The Canadian Press

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A new monument to mark the moment Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope is being celebrated today in St. John’s, N.L. The sculpture is being dedicated 32 years to the day Fox began his cancer-fighting run by dipping his artificial leg into the North Atlantic. His run inspired millions of Canadians to raise money for cancer research with scores of events that are still held each year. Members of the Fox family, including Terry’s brother and father, are in St. John’s for the dedication. The monument, funded by Ottawa and the City of St. John’s, was built near a much smaller tribute that many visitors had trouble finding. It overlooks the water where Fox began the run that was cut short when his cancer returned, causing his death in 1981.

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