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September 10, 2010 09:43 ET

Government of Canada and the City of St. John's Announce the Commission of a Statue Representing Terry Fox Dipping his Foot in the Atlantic Ocean at Mile 0 of his "Marathon of Hope"

Statue will honour the heroic nature of Terry Fox's journey

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, in partnership with the City of St. John's, today announced the commissioning of a statue to further honour Terry Fox and his legacy. This announcement was made at Signal Hill National Historic Site in St. John's, Newfoundland.

"Thirty years ago, Terry Fox was inspired by the courage of cancer patients to run his Marathon of Hope," said Minister Prentice. "This statue will help mark the starting point of this heroic act which has inspired millions of Canadians and celebrates his legacy that lives on today."

"Terry touched the Atlantic Ocean with his artificial foot in St. John's harbour beginning a journey and dream that runs on 30 years later," said Betty and Rolly Fox, parents of Terry Fox. "We are proud and thankful that a representation of Terry at the start of the Marathon of Hope will now offer hope and inspiration to future generations."

The Government of Canada's $250,000 contribution will be used to create a statue that is a lifelike representation of Terry Fox dipping his foot in the water at the site where he began his Marathon of Hope in 1980. This statue will be placed at the Terry Fox Mile 0 Memorial Site in St. John's Newfoundland, which provides Canadians of all ages a place to believe in their dreams, to share their hopes, and to personally connect with the legacy of this Canadian icon. 

"Terry Fox taught us how ordinary people can have extraordinary courage and determination, and how with that courage and determination, they can accomplish extraordinary things," said the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canada Heritage and Official Languages. "He is one of the greatest Canadians who has ever lived."

The City of St. John's will be responsible for the entire commissioning process. An open invitation will be sent to interested local artists, art organizations and the local media well in advance of the competition closing date. The statue will be unveiled at the opening of the Terry Fox Mile 0 Memorial Site.

For more information on the Terry Fox Mile 0 Memorial Site, please visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca.

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