April 12, 1980 | St. John’s
Terry Fox embarks on his Marathon of Hope. Despite the freezing weather, he insists on wearing shorts as he runs so his artificial leg is clearly visible.
April 21 | Gambo, Nfld.
On his way to Gander, locals in Gambo line up and press money into Fox’s hands as he passes. “That’s when I knew that the run had unlimited potential,” he writes.
May 6 | Channel-Port aux Basques, Nfld.
Fox is presented with $10,000: $1 raised for each person in the ferry terminal town.
May 20 | Dartmouth, N.S.
Fox runs to a vocational school with about 50 students who have worked to raise $3,000 for his cause.
May 26 | Charlottetown
People throng to greet Fox in Charlottetown, which energizes him after a run defined by dizzy spells and freezing temperatures.
June 1 | Saint John, N.B.
A lack of publicity in New Brunswick means Saint John has no event planned. At the last moment, the mayor gets a radio station and local paper behind Fox and locals start turning out.
June 13 | Near Montmagny, Que.
In his diary, Fox relays his frustration about being honked at frequently and even forced off the road by motorists unaware of his marathon.
June 15 | Quebec City
As he arrives in the provincial capital, Fox is already featured on the cover of the French newspaper Le Soleil.
June 22 | Montreal
Four Seasons Hotels founder Isadore Sharp, who had lost a son to cancer, pledges $2 a mile; almost 1,000 other corporations follow suit.
June 28 | Ont.-Que. border
As he crosses the Ottawa River into Hawkesbury, a crowd of thousands, a marching band and balloons usher Fox into Ontario. Provincial police begin providing an escort.
July 1 | Ottawa
Fox uses his good leg to kick the opening ball for a CFL exhibition game between Ottawa and Saskatchewan, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd of 16,000.
July 14 | Hamilton, Ont.
1960 Canadian marathon champion Gord Dickson gives Fox his gold medal after an event at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
July 28 | Gravenhurst, Ont.
Fox celebrates his birthday with 2,000 people at the town’s civic centre, where he is given $14,000 and a new artificial limb.
July 31 | Parry Sound, Ont.
Hockey legend Bobby Orr presents a $25,000 cheque to Fox, who calls the encounter his journey highlight.
August 18 | Montreal River, Ont.
Halfway between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa, Fox has to run up the brutal three-kilometre-long Montreal River Hill.
Sept. 1 | Thunder Bay, Ont.
After suffering a painful coughing fit just east of the city, Fox runs on for several kilometres before asking to go to a hospital. The next day, he holds a press conference to announce that his cancer has returned and he can run no further.
Stretch the total distance Fox achieved (5,373 kilometres) into a straight line and his route reaches from easternmost Newfoundland all the way past Vancouver Island’s west coast.