Richmond Hill honoured this Canadian hero and the 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope with the unveiling of the Terry Fox Tribute on September 12, 2015. More than 700 residents participated in the public consultation in 2012 to determine that the community wants a realistic, traditional representation of Terry Fox.
The statue was officially unveiled by Mayor Dave Barrow and Members of Council, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Premier Kathleen Wynne, members of the Fox family and the artists Radoslaw Kudlinski and Anna Passakas.
Interview with Terry Fox's brother: Fred Fox
The Town of Richmond Hill worked closely with Terry Fox's family during the development of the Terry Fox Tribute. Read this interview with Fred Fox to learn more about Terry Fox's enduring legacy: Interview with Terry Fox's brother: Fred Fox
Interview with Terry Fox Supporter: Glemena Bettencourt
Richmond Hill resident Glemena Bettencourt ran with Terry Fox on multiple days of his 143-day Marathon of Hope in 1980. Read this interview with Glemena Bettencourt to learn how Terry Fox inspires her: Interview with Glemena Bettencourt
Interview with the Artist: Radoslaw Kudlinski
Internationally-acclaimed artist Radoslaw Kudlinski was chosen to create the Tribute in collaboration with Anna Passakas. "In creating the Terry Fox Tribute I wanted to express the unstoppable force that drove him, its beauty, its focus,” said Kudlinkski. Read more about the creation of the Terry Fox Tribute, in the artist's own words: Interview with the Artist: Radoslaw Kudlinski
35th Anniversary of The Marathon of Hope
On July 24, 1980, Terry Fox ran north on Yonge Street through Richmond Hill. His route took him past the spot where Richmond Hill’s Terry Fox Tribute will be, in Ransom Park. (Yonge & Centre St.)
On July 25, 1980, Terry returned to Richmond Hill to be presented with a cheque for $6,000 collected by Cancer Society volunteers and another $2,400 donated by Hillcrest Mall merchants.
On September 1, 1980, Terry was forced to end the Marathon of Hope near Thunder Bay, Ontario, because cancer had spread to his lungs.
Who was Terry Fox?
Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager and had his right leg amputated. Wanting to support cancer research, he went on to inspire cancer patients and Canadians alike by running across Canada to raise awareness and funding. This Marathon of Hope began on April 12, 1980 in Newfoundland, and sadly, it ended in Thunder Bay in September when Terry’s cancer returned. Terry Fox passed away the following year, in 1981. Every year, survivors, supporters and citizens across the world participate in the Terry Fox Run to continue Terry’s dream of finding a cure for cancer. Learn more about Terry Fox at www.terryfox.org.
Public Consultation - September/October 2012
Thank you to all those who participated in our public consultation or spoke to us at our community outreach events!
What is a tribute?
A tribute to someone can serve as a focus for remembering the person, their contribution to the community and their cause. Tributes can take many forms, such as sculptures or other artistic creations, a historical marker or special garden, naming a place after someone or establishing an ongoing scholarship that will further the goals of the person who is being honoured. The Town has recently approved a Public Art Policy for the community, which, depending on how the community sees the tribute taking shape, will be used to guide the development, creation and location of the Terry Fox Tribute.
Terry Fox Tribute Public Consultation staff report - April 2, 2013[PDF]
Terry Fox Tribute Budget staff report - July 2, 2013 [PDF]
Questions or comments?
If you have any questions or comments about the Terry Fox Tribute Project, contact Lise Conde, Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives at 905-747-6410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.