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September 25, 2009 12:29 ET

Government of Canada Honours Terry Fox

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2009) - Mr. Ed Holder, Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today commemorated the national historic significance of Terry Fox with a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque where Terry Fox started his "Marathon of Hope" on April 12,1980.

"Canadians are all very proud of the accomplishments of Terry Fox and the Government of Canada is honoured to be commemorating him here in St. John's where he started his "Marathon of Hope" by dipping his foot in the Atlantic Ocean," said Mr. Holder. "Today, Terry Fox's efforts to raise both awareness and money in the fight against cancer continue to inspire people around the world."

The people of Newfoundland and Labrador feel a special connection with Terry Fox. When Terry started his "Marathon of Hope" in St. John's, few people had heard of his goal of running across Canada to raise awareness and funds. A small group of people gathered to see him off on his extraordinary journey. Since then the legacy of Terry Fox has grown every year, and today, hundreds of people celebrate September 25th during the Terry Fox School Run Day, an annual event In Newfoundland and Labrador.

Terry Fox is a person of national historic significance for his outstanding feat of athleticism, his highly personal and inspirational humanitarian and philanthropic purpose, and as an enduring Canadian icon.

"Our family is proud to know that Terry is being recognized with a plaque by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Terry wanted to set an example that would never be forgotten. It's been 29 years since Terry ran the Marathon of Hope, and to know he is seen as someone who has left a significant mark on Canadian history, it's clear that the example he set hasn't been forgotten by Canadians," said Terry's mother, Betty Fox.

"The Government of Canada is committed to honouring Canadians who have contributed to making our country great, and looks to every opportunity to enhance the profile of our cultural heritage in the mind of Canadians," said Minister Prentice. "Today's ceremony is one more example of our Government's commitment to recognize significant people, places and events 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.

Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Parks Canada Agency
    Newfoundland East Field Unit
    David H. Taylor
    Marketing and Communications
    709-772-0285