A Holiday for Canada’s P2P Pioneer

TerryFoxToronto19800712Manitoba has introduced legislation that would name the first Monday in August Terry Fox Day and the call the second Sunday after Labour Day in September Terry Fox Run Day to honor the legacy of peer-to-peer fundraising pioneer Terry Fox.

In 1980, Terry Fox became a worldwide celebrity when he began a courageous effort to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Fox, who journeyed more than 5,300 kilometers during his run, raised more than $1.7-million. Since then, his namesake Terry Fox Foundation has raised an estimated $650-million through peer-to-peer events held in his name.

Three other provinces either have or will proclaim Terry Fox Run Day in September — British Columbia, Ontario and Newfoundland, reports the Winnipeg Sun.