We can’t imagine there’s a Canadian in the entire country who doesn’t know the name “Terry Fox.”
But despite how well you might think you know the Canadian hero, a museum exhibit set to open Thursday (July 14) in Winnipeg, Manitoba will likely teach you something that you never knew before. Billed as the most comprehensive Terry Fox exhibit ever, Running to the Heart of Canada at The Manitoba Museum features just about everything the iconic man was associated with.
“You seen images on television and you know what you might have heard when you were growing up, but you get a more intimate portrait of the man,” Roland Sawatzky, Curator of History at The Manitoba Museum, said.
Fox’s journal, his prosthetic leg and various press clippings are just a few of the things you’ll find on display. To up the ante, the museum is even asking visitors to bring any Fox memorabilia they might have laying around in order to create a “mini exhibit.”
Now, if you somehow don’t know who Fox is, we’ll give you the Coles Notes: he was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his right leg at the age of 18. After Fox’s leg was amputated, he launched his “Marathon of Hope”–a run from one end of Canada to the other–in 1980 with the goal of collecting one dollar for every Canadian in the name of cancer research. He ran an average of 42 kilometres a day for 143 days, netting 5,373km. His cancer, unfortunately, returned and Fox had to cut his marathon short at Thunder Bay, where he later died.
While Fox succeeded in his initial goal to raise a dollar for every Canadian, more than $700 million has since been raised in his name.
You can learn more about the exhibit in the video above.