Canadian cancer research crusader, Betty Fox dies
|Betty Fox in front of the mural in honor of her son.|
In one of my recent posts titled "Overcoming Adversity," I included the heroic and inspiring story of athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research crusader Terry Fox and how he ran across Canada from the Atlantic side to the Pacific side crossing all six time zones to raise funds for cancer research. That first Marathon of Hope in 1981 would not have been a great success without the support of his family and the blessings of his dedicated mother, Terry, who supported the cause all the way.
During that historic run that lasted 143 days, Betty followed her son's epic campaign for cancer awareness and funding through numerous phone calls and from news bits picked up from television and newspaper reports. When Terry lost his battle to cancer at the tender age of 22, the Terry Fox Run was already established. Thereafter, Terry reluctantly assumed the role of Honorary Chairperson together with husband Rolly.
During her work with the Terry Fox Foundation, Betty visited different communities, companies, cities, and schools to deliver inspirational messages and speeches about her son Terry's heroic crusade to raise funds and dreams of finding cure for cancer and about the Terry Fox Foundation. She inspired students, young men and women, and many members of the communities and locales she visited during her tireless and dedicated 25 years of work with the foundation.
Perhaps one of the grandest milestones in her life was when Betty took part in carrying the Olympic flag alongside other Canadian luminaries during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Also, together with her husband Rolly, Betty carried the Olympic torch during the Paralympic Games as a tribute to their son's legacy as an athlete.
As published on the Terry Fox Foundation official website this morning:
Statement on behalf of the Family of Mrs. Betty Fox, Mother of Terry Fox
It is with considerable sadness that we share that our wife, mother and grandmother died at 8:25am (PT) this morning. Betty/Mom passed away peacefully surrounded by love. Betty was comfortable the last few weeks and months of her life, was always full of wit and rarely alone. Betty is now with Terry and joins other dear family members that predeceased her. We have greatly appreciated the privacy granted to our family since Betty's illness was shared and are hoping it continues at this difficult time.
|Canadian Heroes: Terry Fox and his dedicated and tireless mother, Betty.|
Betty Fox's last high-profile public appearance during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony:
If you want to leave a message of condolence or express your sympathy or share how she had impacted your life, you can visit the official Terry Fox Foundation website at http://www.terryfox.org/.