The August civic holiday is renamed for a Winnipeg-born national hero.
Terry Fox, born in Manitoba on July 28, 1958, started his Marathon of Hope to raise funds for cancer in 1980, not long after he lost his leg to cancer. He planned to run across the country, but was forced to stop at Thunder Bay, Ont., when the cancer progressed to his lungs. He died of cancer on June 28, 1981, a month before his 23rd birthday.
His own run and annual fundraising runs held worldwide in memory of Fox have resulted in more than $600 million raised for cancer research.
The August civic holiday is not a statutory holiday in Manitoba.
There are 625 days until the celebration/observance for : Terry Fox Day (Manitoba) for the year 2021.