March, 1977. The cancer wing of the Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, B.C., Canada. Terence Stanley Fox, 18, is stirred by a compelling idea. Ever since the operation that removed his right leg above the knee on March 8, Terry Fox knows his high hopes to play basketball for Simon Fraser University are shattered. Now a far grander dream is forming in his sober, determined mind. A magazine article on Dick Traum, a one-legged New Englander who ran the New York marathon, perked his interest. "I can do that too," Terry tells a visitor. Painful chemotherapy and the agonized moans of fellow cancer patients harden his resolve.
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