Terry Fox Library, Port Coquitlam

The Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia has several display cases with personal items as well as gifts and fan items Terry Fox was awarded during his Marathon of Hope across Canada to raise money for Cancer research. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

The Terry Fox display at the Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam has many items, artifacts, awards and gifts given to the Canadian Hero.

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The Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam offers more than just books - the building is home to thousands of artifacts collected by Terry Fox and the Fox family some of which are on display such as jerseys; photos of Terry, his family, and his journey across Canada; handmade gifts from fans, memorabilia, and even the clothing and the prosthetic leg that Terry Fox ran with during his Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research. This collection offers a look at Canada's Greatest Hero and how he inspired the World.

The Terry Fox Library was opened in 1992 as a public library for the city of Port Coquitlam as well as home to thousands of photos, fan letters and gifts, memorabilia and other artifacts donated by the Fox Family from Canadian hero, Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope. The Fox's have lived in Port Coquitlam since 1968 and their son attended the local schools and trained for his marathon along the streets of the city so it was fitting this library is also a home to this large collection amassed during Terry's lifetime and after his death.

Visitors can view glass displays filled with keys to cities, jerseys and shirts, gifts from fans and photos ranging from the Marathon of Hope to Terry Fox being awarded medals for his efforts to fight cancer. One of the most touching displays is the one which holds the prosthetic leg he ran with, his favourite sock, his running shorts and a pair of his shoes.

Raising millions for cancer research after he lost his own leg to Osteosarcom, Terry Fox became an inspiration to people around the world. This small library in the town he called home is a reminder that greatness is not given, it is earned. The BC Sports Hall of Fame located in BC Place, Downtown Vancouver also honours Terry Fox in its Heroes Gallery which houses a permanent exhibit celebrating Terry's inspirational life

"Even if I don't finish, we need others to continue. It's got to keep going without me." ~ Terry Fox

THE TERRY FOX STORY: Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 28, 1958 where he lived until the Fox Family relocated to British Columbia in 1966, settling in Port Coquitlam in 1968. An accomplished athlete, Terry excelled in basketball and hoped to become a gym teacher. In 1976 he was involved in a car crash which left his knee in pain which was later diagnosed to be Osteosarcoma (a form of cancer) and he was told his leg would have to be amputated above the knee and he would have to undergo chemotherapy. After completing chemotherapy Terry Fox decided to follow in the footsteps of Dick Traum, the first amputee to complete the New York Marathon and he began training to compete in local marathons. Disappointed by the lack of funding for cancer research, Terry decided to embark on a marathon to raise one dollar for each Canadian - $24 million - for cancer research. After one year of preparing and training on the roads of Port Coquitlam he started his journey by dipping his leg into the Atlantic Ocean near St. John's, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980. Initially his Marathon of Hope raised money slowly, but by the time he reached Ontario, thousands lined the streets to see him and donations poured in from across the country. However, on his 143rd day of running, 5,280 kilometres from his starting point, pain and weakness forced him to stop. The cancer had returned. Terry Fox's heroic story did not end there. Millions of dollars poured in fulfilling his goal of $24 million dollars and he continued treatment. Terry Fox succumbed to cancer on June 28, 1981 but his courageous battle and his Marathon of Hope live on in the hearts of Canadians who have named him their greatest hero. Today, Canadians participate in the annual Terry Fox Run held every September to raise money for cancer research, this is Terry Fox's legacy.

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Photo and Image Gallery

Visitors to the Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia can also go to the back of the library and admire an iconic stone statue of Terry Fox captured as if he were running in his Marathon of Hope - a testament to his spirit and what he taught the people of Canada and the World.
Of the many items donated graciously to the Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, those which really symbolizes this Canadian icon is the case which has his prosthetic running leg, a pair of shoes, his favourite sock and his running shorts all which Terry Fox used during his Marathon of Hope.
Terry Fox and his family amassed a large collection of gifts for the Canadian Hero during his Marathon of Hope and afterwards. Over 10,000 items were donated to the Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia - some of which have been put on display for visitors to see.
Jerseys, photos, artifacts and gifts given or owned by Terry Fox are on display for visitors to view and enjoy at the Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia to remember this iconic Canadian hero and his Marathon of Hope which has raised millions of dollars for cancer research since the 1980s.
The Terry Fox Library memorial display in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia remembers Terry Fox and his many achievements in his short lifetime. Photos in the Library show him getting awards, running his Marathon of Hope and the support that grew during his long journey which he was unable to finish due to the reemergence of his cancer.
The Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia offers books and library services to hundreds of local residents as well as a home to priceless artifacts from Terry Fox's life and his Marathon of Hope on display for the World to see to remember this remarkable Canadian.
The Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia has a collection of Terry Fox items, photos and gifts from fans to commemorate the Canadian Hero who captured the imagination of millions during his Marathon of Hope to raise Cancer awareness.


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