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Family of Terry Fox lends massive private collection for anniversary exhibit

The family of iconic runner Terry Fox is lending more than 200,000 items related to his 1980 Marathon of Hope for an exhibit at the future Canadian Museum of History.

The showcase of the huge private collection will open in 2015 to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Fox’s cross-country, fundraising run for cancer research.

Fox lost a leg to cancer when he was 18 and three years later took up the marathon on a prosthetic limb, his distinctive gait becoming a symbol of stubborn determination and courage.

He made it from St. John’s to Thunder Bay, Ont. before having to abandon the run when his cancer returned.

He died in 1981 at age 22.

The private collection is being developed into an exhibit with the Department of Canadian Heritage and will be displayed at what is now the Canadian Museum of Civilization, soon to be renamed the Canadian Museum of History.