SASKATOON – Over 35 years ago, 21-year-old Terry Fox decided he was going to do something never done before. He was going to run over 40 kilometres a day with the hope of bringing awareness to cancer research and funding.

Fox had to give up his dream near Thunder Bay a few months later after cancer spread to his lungs. Fox passed away on June 28, 1981 but his story has inspired  millions globally, making the Marathon of Hope the largest fundraiser in support of cancer in the world.

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In Saskatoon, 377 people participated in the 35th annual Terry Fox Run in Kiwanis Park on Sunday afternoon.

“He’s a big part of our history in terms of athleticism, charitable giving, raising awareness for cancer and he was just one guy. A 20 year old kid,” said Carla Little, a participant in the run.

Over $30,000 was raised for the Terry Fox Foundation in Saskatoon. Each year, the foundation donates close to $20-million towards cancer research.

“I think he would be blown away at the longevity and what we’ve raised so far. But it’s not about the dollar figure, it’s about the awareness and the cause,” said event organizer Michael Stang.

Terry Fox had a dream of raising one dollar for every Canadian and not only has that dream come true, it has been surpassed.

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His story touched people around the world, building a sense of comradery. Step by step, his journey continues in the hearts of millions.

“Town to town and community to community he develop this comradery with all of the people across Canada,” said Quenton Robins, who also participated in the run.

Each participant continues the legacy of a Canadian hero, but also supports loved ones impacted by cancer.

“We ran in Terry Fox today because my mother passed away from cancer in 2013. Now we just get together to raise money for cancer research,” said Bill Reilly.

Since the inception of the Terry Fox Run, over $700-million has been raised worldwide, a number that continues to grow with Fox’s legacy.