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Terry Fox: Into the Heart of Canada
April 12 - October 1, 2017
Celebrate the achievements of one of Canada's greatest heroes: Terry Fox.
At the age of 18 Terry Fox lost part of his right leg to bone cancer. The loss didn't diminish his drive or courage; in fact, it inspired greatness. Once he recovered, this young man from Port Coquitlam, BC set out to run across Canada in what he called a "Marathon of Hope" to raise money for cancer research.
In this exhibition at the Royal BC Museum, explore the story of a young man who inspired a nation and established himself as a hero through his courage, hope and determination.
About the Exhibition
Developed in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History and Terry Fox's family, this exhibition begins with the impact of Terry Fox on modern Canadian life - the numerous schools, community centres, and features of the landscape named for him, the Canadian coins, stamps, and passports bearing his image. The exhibition starts by posing a question: "Who was Terry Fox?" The rest of the exhibition is the answer.
"During the Marathon of Hope and the months that followed, Canadians filled our home in Port Coquitlam, BC, with scrapbooks, letters and gifts," said Darrell Fox, Terry's brother. "We're honoured to share some of our collection and to help tell this important story."
Visitors will be greeted by an iconic Ford E250 Econoline van that provided shelter for Terry while he was inspiring the nation on his "Marathon of Hope." This is the only opportunity for Canadians to see the van as part of the exhibition, apart from its original display at the Canadian Museum of History.