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Leslie Scrivener
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Sept. 1 2000
Terry Fox, the one-legged runner from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, made an indelible impression upon people across Canada and around the world. An outstanding athlete with a stubborn and competitive spirit, he lost his leg to cancer at 19, but said “nobody is ever going to call me a quitter.”

On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox set out from St. John’s, Newfoundland to begin the run across Canada that he named the Marathon of Hope. His ambition was to raise a million dollars for cancer research. It wasn’t easy. Initial support from communities varied from terrific to nothing at all. His prosthetic leg was painful to run on, and there were always traffic and extreme weather conditions to deal with. But, by the time he reached Ontario – a journey of more than 3,000 kilometres – word of his achievement had spread, and thousands cheered him and followed his progress. Terry’s spirits soared, and now he hoped to raise $22 million dollars – one dollar for every Canadian. He succeeded in this ambition, but the Marathon of Hope ended near Thunder Bay, Ontario on September 1, 1980. The cancer had spread to his lungs, and, after running 24 miles in one day, on the next he could run no further.

When cancer finally claimed his life in 1981, Canada mourned the loss of a hero, but the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope lives on. The Terry Fox Foundation raised more than $17 million in 1999, and support for the event nationally and around the world is growing.


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The mad, futile scramble to find a dry sock for Terry Fox less than a mile after the start of his Marathon of Hope was where trouble began. But trouble is something upon which author Leslie Scrivener would rather not dwell in Terry Fox: His Story. While a student at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University in March of 1977, Fox was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma--a rare primary bone cancer usually affecting the kneebone and attacking the adjacent tendons and muscles--necessitating the amputation of his right leg. That this young man rejected the attractions of self-pity and depression to initiate his dream of a cross-country run to raise awareness and funds for cancer research stands as one of the true tales of Canadian heroism. And somewhere in the 234 often overwrought pages of His Story is that tale.

When Terry began his trek by dipping his artificial leg into the ocean at St John’s, Newfoundland, his competitive nature frequently led to friction--both prosthetically and philosophically. Yet time and again, Scrivener, a Faith and Ethics reporter for The Toronto Star, eschews compelling detours into Terry’s frustrations with the Canadian Cancer Society and publicity-seeking municipal politicians, his explosive temper and insensitivity toward his girlfriend, and all-too-rare glimpses into his Marathon diary. Instead, the reader is offered a puzzling catalogue of details, none too small or irrelevant to be mentioned (Terry “kept his gaze fixed on a 6-inch stack of mail--a lot of it was pastel-coloured--and talked listlessly.”). Terry Fox may not have been a saint, but neither does he need to be beatified biographically. The fact that Terry Fox Runs for Cancer Research are held in cities all over the globe nearly a quarter-century after his death speaks eloquently of his legacy, a legacy infinitely better served by history than by His Story. --Tony Mason

About the Author

Leslie Scrivener was born in Tokyo and raised in Australia,
the United States, and Canada. She holds a Master of
Journalism degree from the University of Western Ontario and
is currently Faith and Ethics reporter with the Toronto Star.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good biography Oct. 30 2003
Format:Paperback
"Terry Fox: His Story" tells of the life of a man who needs little introduction the world over. Terry's one-legged run halfway across Canada in 1980 is a story of great national pride here, and indeed many countries have caught on to the spirit. Terry's tragic, heroic story is commemorated every year with the fundraising "Terry Fox Run", held around the world, with the proceeds going towards cancer research.
"His Story" succeeds in providing a comprehensive, if not overly personal, look at Terry's life. I was also impressed by the dynamic and care given to the run itself, as it progressed from one location/town to another. Not every city was as enthusiastic as the last one, for instance, and the author takes care to show how Terry learns to respond to these varying regional reactions, and learns to become a very capable public speaker. The author also takes great care to show that the running was not easy work for Terry, that on many days he simply physically could not accomplish what he set out to do. It makes what he did accomplish all that much more impressive.
All in all, I was left with a new respect for Terry as a result of reading this book. As an occasional runner myself, I know how difficult it is to get up, on two legs, and go. Which makes you wonder, if Terry Fox could jog nearly a marathon every day for six months on one leg, by comparison, what excuse has anybody else got to not do anything?
Matthew D. Johnston
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read April 30 2014
By Neil
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A very moving... true story... of one of British Columbia true hero's who died in 1981 at a very young age . Sadly missed but forever remembered .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming and informative Feb. 1 2013
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I loved this book. I was just 8 when Terry did his Marathon of Hope and so much of who he was didn't sink in to my 8-year old brain. Reading his story and feeling the legacy he's left us with was a wonderful journey. I loved how the story attempted to demonstrate the whole Terry, not just the spokesperson we saw.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was he Human or an Angel ??? July 27 2012
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Very great book !!! I was 8 years old when I heard of Terry Fox for the first time and about his death...

You really get into it with that book, during his Marathon of Hope, even more than 30 years later...

I was crying during some part of the book, because I fell like I never acheived nothing specific in my life...

Since 2 years I'm trying to give money to Centraide and definitely if everyone was really doing his part, the World would then become a much better place to live...

Cheers Terry, tomorrow would have been your 54 birthdays !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Fox: Greatest Canadian Hero Aug. 10 2005
By S. Hodes - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great inside look at the inspirational life, and especially the three thousand plus mile 1980 trek, of Terry Fox. If you don't know who Terry Fox is, shame on you... You need to read this book. If you do know who Terry Fox is, read this book to bring back the memories of this selfless hero. The book has been updated since its original publishing 25 years ago and still has the inside story from Terry's family and friends, as well as his own words from interviews and journal entries. If you are interested in Terry Fox, you should check out the Terry Fox Foundation website as well as the newly published "Terry" by Douglas Coupland.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book Nov. 29 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Terry Fox His Story is a wonderful and intriguing book about a young man who touched my heart in ways you couldn't imagine. I felt that I was right there with him all the time and I knew what he was going through.

This is a book about a young man who had a wild dream. Running across Canada. The really unbelievable thing about this is Terry lost his leg to bone cancer. By the time he died he had raised more than 24 million dollars for cancer research. Because of Terry we are getting closer and closer to a cure for this horrible disease!

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. It taught me to take a hold on life and to not let it slip away. If everyone read about this amazing young man I'm sure the world would be a better place!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devo Feb. 18 2013
By Devo - Published on Amazon.com
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A very honest accounting of a true Canadian hero who did not seek fame but only a mission of awareness. It details both the good and bad, of Terry's life and his Marathon of Hope. His effort is one of the reasons I have been considering my own transcon but for a different cause. He appears to have taken a fatalistic approach, in character of how he approached life, in his effort to spread the word. The story highlights both the high and low points and even when I found myself saying that I would never act that way....I realize that I am not in his shoes...how do I know....and yes, I did share several tears.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good biography Oct. 30 2003
By Matthew D. Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Terry Fox: His Story" tells of the life of a man who needs little introduction the world over. Terry's one-legged run halfway across Canada in 1980 is a story of great national pride here, and indeed many countries have caught on to the spirit. Terry's tragic, heroic story is commemorated every year with the fundraising "Terry Fox Run", held around the world, with the proceeds going towards cancer research.
"His Story" succeeds in providing a comprehensive, if not overly personal, look at Terry's life. I was also impressed by the dynamic and care given to the run itself, as it progressed from one location/town to another. Not every city was as enthusiastic as the last one, for instance, and the author takes care to show how Terry learns to respond to these varying regional reactions, and learns to become a very capable public speaker. The author also takes great care to show that the running was not easy work for Terry, that on many days he simply physically could not accomplish what he set out to do. It makes what he did accomplish all that much more impressive.
All in all, I was left with a new respect for Terry as a result of reading this book. As an occasional runner myself, I know how difficult it is to get up, on two legs, and go. Which makes you wonder, if Terry Fox could jog nearly a marathon every day for six months on one leg, by comparison, what excuse has anybody else got to not do anything?
Matthew D. Johnston
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An must-read inspirational story! July 5 2013
By safdar medina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Terry Fox was the perfect role model to have growing up. This book captured the essence of who he was. His story will continue to inspire generations.
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