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April 12, 2010 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Honours Terry Fox Legacy at the Site Where He Began His Marathon of Hope

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - April 12, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced federal support to recognize Terry Fox at the site where he began his Marathon of Hope.

"I am pleased to honour the legacy of Terry Fox, a truly inspiring Canadian, by further commemorating the site where he began his Marathon of Hope thirty years ago," said Minister Prentice. "Canadians of all ages and all walks of life will be able to experience this site as a place to believe in their dreams, to share their hopes, or to personally connect to the legacy of a Canadian icon."

The Government of Canada, in cooperation with the City of St. John's and the St. John's Port Authority, will together invest an estimated $200,000 to enhance the Marathon of Hope's Mile 0 site, where Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg into the waters of the St. John's Harbour, launching his trek across Canada in aid of cancer research. The Government will contribute $50,000, the City of St. John's will contribute $100,000 and the St. John's Port Authority will contribute $40,000 as well as the land.

Enhancements planned for the site include landscaping, interpretive signage, and a commemorative sculpture. A Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque will also be installed, commemorating Terry Fox as a person of national historic significance.

"Our family is proud to know that Terry's legacy continues to be honoured. It's been 30 years since he stood at this very spot and began his Marathon of Hope," said Mrs. Betty Fox, mother of Terry, representing the family at the event. "By commemorating Terry today, it's clear that the example that he set so many years ago will continue to be an inspiration to Canadians."

On behalf of the Government of Canada, Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national historic sites that commemorate persons, places and events that have shaped Canada's history and which offer visitors the opportunity for real and inspiring discovery. Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada
    Newfoundland East Field Unit
    Lois Luke
    Manager, External Relations