I just watched (and got kind of choked up by) the Terry Fox episode of The Greatest Canadian. Despite my slight but inexplicable disdain for Suk-Yin Lee, it was pretty compelling television. Don’t get me wrong, the show is goofy. However, Terry’s is a story worth telling again and again. Notably, Wayne Gretzky (currently sitting in a respectable fifth, with a great quote) threw his support behind Terry Fox.
As far as I’m concerned, there’s no other choice on the top-ten list. He was only 22, yet his selflessness, his compassion and his tenacity were superhuman, and belied his years. He ran a marathon every day for 143 days. His legacy has raised over CAN $360 million for cancer research in 50 countries. That funny step-hop-step of his running pace is the heartbeat of Canada.
The CBC has an excellent audio and video archive of important dates in Terry’s Marathon of Hope.