2018 Fall/Winter - Terry Fox

Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada is being presented at The Exploration Place from October 15th, 2018 to January 13th, 2019. This exhibition is organized by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre. It was first presented at the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec.

Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada provides an in-depth look at Terry’s epic 143-day, 3,339-mile (5,373 kilometres) journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Thunder Bay, Ontario. It explores Canadians’ deep and abiding affection for Terry and examines his unique place in our collective memory.

Developed by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with Terry Fox’s family, the exhibition features a wide array of artifacts and archival materials, displayed together publicly for the first time. They include Terry’s journal, artificial leg, and press clippings and media interviews.

We are also pleased that the iconic Marathon of Hope van will be on exhibit at The University of Northern British Columbia.

The Marathon of Hope began with little fanfare on April 12, 1980 when Terry dipped his prosthetic leg into the Atlantic Ocean at St. John’s and began his grueling marathon-a-day cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. His determination, courage and integrity soon drew the attention — and won the hearts — of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. His journey ended near Thunder Bay when the cancer that had claimed his leg returned, forcing Terry to abandon the project.

He died a national hero in June 1981, aged 22, having collected some $24 million — achieving his goal of raising $1 from every Canadian. To date, over $700 million has been raised in his name for cancer research.