Marathon of Hope runner Terry Fox is shown in a 1981 file photo. The Terry Fox Research Institute has launched a new national network to bring together leading cancer hospitals and research universities across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/CP

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Support is swelling across B.C. for Terry Fox to get on the next $5 bill.

The Bank of Canada launched its nomination process for a new bill earlier this year and everyone from the City of Port Coquitlam to a Terry Fox Run organizer in the area are hoping the Canadian hero will make the cut.

In a video posted to Twitter, Dave Teixeira talked about why he thought Fox deserved to be the face of the new $5 bill.

“Terry was never doing anything he did, the Marathon of Hope, raising money for cancer, for anything else but to raise money. He wasn’t looking for fame or fortune,” Teixeira said.

Fox is one of Canada’s most iconic heroes. Although he was in Winnipeg in 1958, his family moved to Surrey in 1966 and then to Coquitlam in 1968, when he was just 10 years old.

Fox was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in 1977, and had his right leg amputated later that year. Three years later, Fox would begin his famed Marathon of Hope by dipping his leg into the waters off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. He hoped to raise $1 for every Canadian.

Fox planned to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research but the cancer spread to his lungs and he was forced to stop just outside of Thunder Bay, 143 days and 5,373 kilometres into the Marathon of Hope. By the end of his run he had raised $1.7 million.

Fox died on June 28, 1981, at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, just one month shy of his 23rd birthday. By that point, the fundraising efforts that grew from Fox’ dream have reached more than $24.17 million, or one dollar for every Canadian at the time.

Teixeira hopes that if the $5 comes to be, every Canadian will do just one thing.

“We donate that ‘Fox Fiver’ to the Terry Fox Foundation,” he said. “If 40 million of us across Canada do that, $200 million in this 40th anniversary year of the Marathon of Hope, that would be pretty awesome.”

To nominate someone for the new $5 bill, visit https://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/banknoteable-5/. Nomination are open until March 11.

READ MORE: ‘If anybody could do it, he could,’ Terry Fox’s nurse to speak at B.C. run

READ MORE: Boy, 7, to dress up as Canadian hero Terry Fox for Halloween


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Terry Fox

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

Skeena Bulkley Valley MP calling for halt on sport fishing licenses to out-of-province fishers

Bachrach and Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns co-signed the letter to the Minister of Fisheries

Bella Coola Heli Sports closed, says no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in their operation

The company has committed to informing the community if a case is reported

COVID-19 case confirmed at Subway restaurant in Cache Creek

Customers who visited the site from March 25 to 27 are asked to self-isolate

240,000 Canadians applied for emergency benefit on morning it opened: Trudeau

Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides $2,000 per month

Businesses advised to prepare for federal, B.C. COVID-19 assistance

Canada Revenue Agency portal expected to open this week

Bars, cannabis sector eligible for $40B credit program from government bank

Applicants must go through their own banks to access the program

Immunocompromised community call for more options to get groceries during COVID-19

One woman has decided to build a greenhouse to ensure she is able to access food throughout pandemic

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

COVID-19: Hospitals remain safe for childbirth, say Vancouver Island care providers

North Island Hospital has been asked to share its perinatal COVID-19 response plan

Most Read