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Manitoba to honor Terry Fox with holiday

2014-07-30 11:59:28

The Manitoba government will introduce a bill in the upcoming fall session that would see the August civic holiday be officially called Terry Fox Day to honour his memory, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

"Terry Fox embodied hope, courage, commitment and strength in the face of adversity," said Premier Selinger. "Naming the civic holiday after him is a way for all Manitobans to honour this great Canadian for the hero he was."

The Manitoba government made the decision after a grassroots movement emerged on social media calling for the change.

Fox, a Manitoba native, inspired Canadians across the country with his Marathon of Hope. His dream of running from coast to coast was tragically cut short in Thunder Bay, Ont. but was successful in raising awareness ?about cancer and raising millions of dollars for research.

Today, the Terry Fox Run is held in over 60 countries and has raised over $600 million, making it the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.

"Terry Fox did so much in the global fight against cancer. He was not only an inspiring individual but a true pioneer," said Premier Selinger. "Now when people are enjoying a holiday with their friends and family, they will remember the amazing man who inspires so many."

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