A magnificent public space in Toronto inspired by Terry Fox.
Until he reached Toronto in July 1980, Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope received scant attention. But as he ran into Toronto that all changed. Thousands lined the streets to cheer him on, as they did the rest of his journey until its fateful end in Thunder Bay two months later.
Remembering this pivotal moment, Terry’s parents had long hoped that a memorial would be erected in Toronto to commemorate his run and unparalleled contribution to Canada.
For more than two years, a small team of volunteers has driven the Terry Fox Legacy Project and will privately fundraise for the art piece and landscaped public space. We have been supported by, and found champions and partners across government, prominent institutions and many civic leaders and laypeople who see this as a rare opportunity for city building for an exceptional result.
We hope that this installation will reflect both Terry’s values and that of Toronto's research community: hope, innovation, inspiration and great optimism. Because Terry stressed his fundraising should benefit innovative cancer research, we would like the art and the landscape to move out of the ordinary into the innovative and exceptional.
There are many powerful, figurative representations of Terry across Canada, including a new one in Richmond Hill. Our hope is that this extraordinary installation will look to the future, not the past, and inspire all visitors with the spirit and ideals that drove Terry on his dream that “Anything is possible if you try.”
We would like to see residents and visitors to Toronto wanting to pause at the site, possibly in reflection and respect for one of Canada’s greatest heroes and leave energized and hopeful for the future.