Published July 1, 2010
Paperback, 40 pages, Ages 7-12
Few, if any Canadians, have never heard of Terry Fox, the young cancer-fighting man who ran across Eastern Canada in his Marathon of Hope to raise funds for children suffering from cancer. (I remember watching him on TV when I was a kid.) The most amazing part was that he ran with a leg prosthesis since his right leg was amputated shortly after he was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 18. Painful and arduous, but with determination and courage Terry ran an average of 26 miles a day (the equivalent of a marathon) for 143 days until one morning he woke up and couldn’t do it anymore. The cancer had reached his lungs. He died one month short of his 23rd birthday.
Maxine Trottier is donating royalties from this book to the Terry Fox Foundation. Scholastic Canada is matching that donation. For more information on the Terry Fox Run visit www.terryfoxrun.com.
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Disclosure: Thank you to Nikole from Scholastic Canada for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.