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Terry Fox



Terry Fox
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.92

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     challenging words:    determined, osteosarcoma, underwrite, isolation, legacy, fanfare, momentum, racked, shortly, corporate, fundraising, marathon, education, courtesy, natural, population
     content words:    Terry Fox, British Columbia, In August, Canadian Cancer Society, On July, Prime Minister Trudeau, Thunder Bay, By February, Terry Fox Runs


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Terry Fox
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     What kinds of things do you hope for? Do you hope for a new bike, a new video game system, perhaps a new pet? Perhaps you hope for things you can't touch, like health or love. Some people work to give hope to others. Terry Fox was such a man.
 
2     Terry was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on July 28, 1958. A few years later, his family moved to British Columbia.
 
3     Terry loved sports, especially swimming and diving. He won many awards for his endurance. Many people thought he would go far in competition as he got older.
 
4     Terry wanted to be a physical education teacher. While he was in college, Terry was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma. That means he had bone cancer. In 1977, when he was 18, his right leg was amputated just above the knee.
 
5     Terry was determined not to let cancer stop him. Shortly after his surgery, he was fitted with an artificial leg. In three weeks he was walking again.
 
6     While Terry enjoyed playing sports again, he had a new dream to fulfill- he wanted to run a marathon. In August 1979, he ran his first one and finished last.
 
7     Not to be outdone, Terry Fox soon came up with an idea. He would use his natural endurance to raise money for a cancer cure. What better way to raise awareness in Canada than to run across the country? If every person in Canada donated one dollar, it would add up to millions.
 
8     Terry's plan was to run across Canada from Newfoundland to British Columbia. It would require him to run the equivalent of a marathon (26 miles /42km) every day.
 
9     Terry contacted the Canadian Cancer Society about his plan. They were willing to help if he got corporate sponsors to underwrite the project. He did, and soon he had a camper van, gas, running shoes, and food vouchers donated.

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