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Terry Fox running his Marathon of Hope in 1981 // Photo: Ross Dunn, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, no changes made

UM’s John Kearsey joins famed Canadians to celebrate Terry Fox in new book

June 23, 2020 — 

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, John Kearsey, University of Manitoba Vice-President (External), joins 39 revered Canadians in recounting in a new book the inspiration, dedication, and perseverance that Terry Fox embodied, giving voice to an icon whose example spoke much louder than his words.

Book cover, Forever Terry A LEGACY IN LETTERSComprising 40 letters from 40 contributors, and edited by Terry’s younger brother Darrell on behalf of the Fox family, Forever Terry: A Legacy in Letters,  pays tribute to Terry’s legacy, as seen through the eyes of celebrated Canadians ranging from Margaret Atwood, Bobby Orr, Jann Arden, and Christine Sinclair, to those who accompanied Terry on his run, Terry Fox Run organizers, participants, supporters, and cancer champions. Appearing alongside never-before-seen photos of their Winnipeg-born hero, their reflections reveal connections that readers would never have expected, and offer a glimpse into the way goodness and greatness inspire more of the same.

Forever Terry is a testament to the influence one brave man has had on the shape of Canadian dreams, ambitions, and commitment to helping others. Author proceeds support the Terry Fox Foundation, which has raised over $800 million for cancer research.

“Terry inspired me when I first saw him on the evening news, dipping his foot in the St. John’s Harbour. His determination, resilience, love for life and for others inspire me every day and has shaped my thinking from a young age,” says Kearsey, “I am deeply humbled to be included in this legacy project.”

Kearsey joins contributors Hayley Wickenheiser, Tom Cochrane, Darryl Sittler, Shawn Ashmore, Doug Alward, Douglas Coupland, Rick Hansen, Sidney Crosby, Lloyd Robertson, Bret Hart, Leslie Scrivener, Isadore Sharp, Wayne Gretzky, Jim Pattison, Catriona Le May Doan, Malindi Elmore, Silken Laumann, Steve Nash, Karl Subban, and Marissa Papaconstantinou and many others reflecting on Terry and his impact on their lives.

In 1985, Kearsey was named a recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award and today chairs its board of directors. Very soon the Terry Fox Awards will announce its 2020 recipients who reflect the highest ideals of humanitarianism and service as demonstrated by Terry Fox.

Forever Terry is being published on September 1, 2020 by Penguin Random House, 40 years to the day Terry was forced to stop running outside Thunder Bay.

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