He ran a marathon. On one leg. Every day for 143 consecutive days.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more inspirational figure than Terry Fox, a 21-year-old cancer treatment activist who embarked on a 3,339-mile “Marathon of Hope” across Canada in 1980, just three years after losing his right leg to a cancerous bone tumor.
In Canada, Fox is celebrated as a national hero. Here in the States, his fame may not be as far-reaching, but his tale is a source of inspiration no matter where you live or what sport you play.
Terry Fox’s journey will be featured tonight, Sept. 28, on ESPN, as part of its 30 for 30 series. “Into the Wind” was partly directed and produced by NBA All-Star and fellow Canadian Steve Nash, who was a youngster growing up in British Columbia during Terry’s cross-country expedition. [View off-season training videos with Nash on STACK TV.]
“For a guy with a prosthetic leg to run a marathon a day for 143 straight days on the highway, surrounded by trucks and people, it was an incredible feat,” Nash told suns.com. “It was a very impactful lesson to us about perseverance, unselfishness and one man’s quest to do something greater than himself.”
It’s been nearly 30 years since Terry lost his battle with cancer, but his legacy lives on. “He’s a cultural figure,” Nash says. “That kind of legacy and impact can only happen when someone proves to people [that] they’re special, and they do something greater than themselves.”
“Into the Wind” airs at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN, with an encore presentation at 11 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.