Terry Fox ran an incredibly large distance to raise money for cancer research. So it would only be fitting to commemorate him with an equally large tribute.
Last weekend, some farmers in New Brunswick did just that. For the last 17 years, the Hunter Brothers Farm in Florenceville-Bristol has been making massive corn field mazes, but they may have outdone themselves with the Terry Fox-inspired one they made this year.
Measuring in at 2.5-hectares, this corn labyrinth took more than a year of planning to create, and was designed to celebrate the Marathon of Hope’s 35th anniversary, and it looks pretty impressive from above:
“We thought that would be a terrific maze because of the image. It’s an iconic image of him running,” farmer Chip Hunter told Global News.
Hunter has been helping carve the farm’s mazes since the tradition began, and personally shook hands with Fox as he ran by their home back in 1980.
“We could see the RCMP car, and then Terry came by. We stopped him, and he…took a picture with us.”
Fox, who was born in Winnipeg, was only 19 when he was diagnosed with cancer and had his leg amputated. Following months of rigorous training, he then began his Marathon of Hope in St. John’s, Newfoundland, running the distance of at least one marathon a day in a mission to cover the entire country from coast-to-coast. He would travel an incredible 5,373 kilometres over 143 days before his cancer returned and he was forced to stop in Thunder Bay. He died the following year, after collecting $24 million.
Since then, over $650 million has been raised in his name.
With any luck, this tribute will bring that total even higher. It opens September 15 until Halloween.