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Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada

OPENS June 14, 2016 AND RUNS TO October 10, 2016


Entry to the Terry Fox exhibit is included with the purchase of admission to the Manitoba Museum.

The Manitoba Museum is commemorating Terry Fox’s heroic Marathon of Hope by presenting the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized depicting the run and Terry’s remarkable and continuing legacy. Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada opens on July 14, 2016.The exhibit provides an in-depth look at Terry’s epic 143-day, 5,373-kilometre 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, Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada features a wide array of artifacts and archival materials, displayed together. They include Terry’s journal and artificial leg, and press clippings and media interviews.

“During the Marathon of Hope and the months that followed, Canadians filled our home in Port Coquitlam, BC with scrapbooks, written tributes and gifts reflecting a collective compassion and admiration for Terry’s unselfish act,” said Darrell Fox, Terry’s brother, about the development of the exhibit. “Thirty-five years later, it was time to share the Terry Fox collection and the compelling story that the memorabilia evokes with the world.”


Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, in the suburb of Transcona. He was known to be a determined and tenacious child – traits that would fuel his fortitude and strengthen his commitment to bringing attention to, and raising money for, cancer research. In 2015, the Province of Manitoba passed a bill making the August long weekend, formerly known as Civic Holiday, Terry Fox Day in the province. Terry Fox Day is a commemoration of Winnipeg as his birthplace and ensures that his legacy of hope, courage, commitment and strength in adversity continues to be an inspiration to school children and communities in Manitoba.


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.

Terry Fox died a national hero in June 1981 at 22 years of age. He collected some $24 million – achieving his goal of raising $1 from every Canadian. Since then, close to $700 million has been raised in his name for cancer research.

“Terry Fox has moved countless Canadians and his heroism continues to inspire us today,” said Claudette Leclerc, Executive Director of the Manitoba Museum. “As Manitobans celebrate Terry Fox Day and Canadians prepare to participate in the Terry Fox Run, we can offer them a unique opportunity to better understand the context of the original Marathon of Hope and the spirit of the man who ran it.”


Speaker Series – Wednesday, July 13, 2016 • 7 PM to 9 PM

Join us as Terry Fox’s siblings – Fred and Darrell – share their memories of Terry, the Marathon of Hope and what it means to return to Winnipeg, where their family lived until Terry was 8 years old.  $11 / $9 for members (Includes admission to the exhibit and the Museum Galleries) Tickets are available here.

Terry Fox Day – Monday August 1, 2016 • 10 AM to 5 PM

Come to the Museum for special activities on Terry Fox Day. Create your own Marathon of Hope t-shirt and tour the exhibit with a self-guided activity sheet. Also see the evolution of prosthetics by comparing Terry Fox’s artificial limb with a modern one presented by Anderson Orthopedics.

Manitoba Remembers Terry Fox

The Manitoba Museum has asked Manitobans to help create a mini-exhibit by loaning artifacts and memorabilia that may be tucked away in basements and attics, maybe a class picture or a valentine signed by Terry. “We asked people if they had anything related to the early days of Terry’s childhood, or something from a Terry Fox Run that might be special to contact us,” said Dr. Roland Sawatzky, Curator of History at the Manitoba Museum.

Items have been loaned to form the core of a mini-exhibit include a plaster bust of Terry Fox by sculptor Leo Mol, along with a poster that was printed to announce Terry’s arrival in Winnipeg which was never distributed. A button commemorating Terry’s Marathon of Hope and a 45 rmp record of the song “Run Terry Run” has also been added to the Manitoba Remembers Terry Fox mini-exhibit.

Listen to “Run Terry Run” by clicking the file below.

Many songs were written – inspired by Terry’s run. Here’s another one.


Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada was organized by the Canadian Museum of History, in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre, and funded in part by the Government of Canada. It was first presented at the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec.

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