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Terry Fox’s legacy lives on in annual run

Runners in the GTA laced up on Sunday for a cross-country event to raise money for cancer research and honour a Canadian legend.

In Toronto, the annual Terry Fox Run took place at almost a dozen sites, including Ward’s Island, the Beaches and Wilket Creek Park, where Premier Kathleen Wynne ran 10 kilometres.

Fox inspired the run with his Marathon of Hope in 1980. His goal was to run across Canada on one leg, but he was forced to stop near Thunder Bay — after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres — when his cancer spread to his lungs.

He was 22 when he died on June 28, 1981.

The Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $600 million for cancer research from the run in Canada and similar events around the world.

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