Transcript of Terry Fox Statue – Decoding ART - Heritage Monuments
[Canadian Heritage signature]
Narrator: "This capsule is presented by Canadian Heritage."
[Background audio: sound of one-legged runner outdoors, breathing evenly; add cheering crowd]
[The Terry Fox statue]
Narrator: "Many consider Terry Fox the greatest Canadian of all time. After losing a leg to cancer, Fox set out in 1980 to run across the country to raise money for cancer research."
"His quest, known as the Marathon of Hope, attracted the attention of more and more Canadians as he made his way east from Newfoundland."
"Thousands lined the streets and ran alongside him when he passed through Ottawa on Canada Day. A few months later, after running an incredible 5,300 kilometres—about a marathon every day for more than four months—he was forced to abandon the quest when the cancer spread to his lungs."
"Terry Fox died in 1981, but the courage and determination he showed continues to inspire people around the world and has helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer research."
"John Hooper, one of this country’s best-loved sculptors, saw Terry Fox run when the Marathon of Hope passed through New Brunswick."
"The regional municipality of Ottawa Carleton commissioned Hooper to create this bronze piece in 1983, one of many erected across the country to honour this hero."
"The sculpture captures Fox mid-stride, his face a mixture of determination and pride, his eyes focused intently on a distant finish line."