Thursday, 20 June 2013

The Story of Terry Fox - Never Give Up

Life story of Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox, an athlete from Canada, is a true example of never giving up in life. Terry was a distance runner and basketball player for his school and university. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1977 and his right leg had to be amputated for that reason. However, he kept on running and playing basketball with an artificial leg. He won three national championships in wheelchair basketball in Vancouver. Being a true humanitarian he decided to start "Marathon of Hope", a cross country run in 1980. He began from St. John's, Newfoundland in Canada in April with very less people knowing him. He ran equivalent to a full marathon length every day. He had huge fan following in a few days. His dream was to collect at least 1 dollar from each of above 24 million Canadians in order to setup a charity for cancer research. He was forced to stop his run after running 3339 miles in 143 days because the cancer had spread to his lungs. By February of the following year, $24.17 million were raised for his charity thus realizing his dream of collecting $1 from every Canadian. He died in June, 1981. 

He had decided that if would live, he would prove himself prove himself deserving of life. He had found his purpose of life and had decided that whatever time he had to live on this earth, he would utilize it for achieving his mission. He never gave up on his dreams till he lived!!


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