Terry Fox dipped his toe into the Atlantic off the coast of St. John’s, Newfoundland, on April 12, 1980. This marked the launch of his historic crusade against cancer, the Marathon of Hope.
Sinc then, nearly a billion dollars has been raised to help other people with cancer around the world in Terry’s name. On this podcast, the man who ran with him halfway across Canada and who helped organize Fox’s fundraiser, Bill Vigars, shares many first hand stories about this Canadian hero. You’ll find even more of them in his bestselling book, “Terry & Me,” available this month of April at 15 per cent off from publisher Sutherland House.

Double Bill: me and Vigars (left) last year at the “Terry & Me” book launch on the Danforth in Toronto

Vigars, a previous podcast guest, provides updates on all the Terry Fox statues across the country plus the whereabouts of Fox’s running shoes and other artifacts from ’84. Then there’s that story about how one sponsor wanted Mr. Peanut to close the race on the West Coast with Terry. He also talks a bit about his own career as a network TV publicist, including a memorable encounter with the late, great Joe Flaherty back in the SCTV star’s Maniac Mansion days.

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