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. Volume XVI Number 3. . . .September 18, 2009
Terry Fox: His Story tells the story of Terry Fox’s historic run for cancer in 1980 and the events in his life leading up to the run. It is a tale of audacity and hope, about a young man of 22 who did what many people considered impossible, running across Canada with a prosthesis where his right leg had been amputated. It has 19 chapters of varying lengths and is ideal for recreational reading.
The book contains a map, which shows Terry’s run, The Marathon of Hope, from St. John’s, NL, to Thunder Bay, ON, between April 12 and September 1, 1980. By this time, the cancer had spread to his lungs, and he was no longer physically capable of running. The book also has a chronology of Terry’s life and many black and white photographs. The photos are functional, grouped together in two sets of eight pages and highlight Terry’s brief but courageous life.
A highlight of Terry’s life, and one that reinforces his audacity and courage, was the decision to play wheelchair basketball. Asked in 1977 by Rick Hansen, the famous wheelchair athlete, Terry agreed to join the Vancouver Cablecars, a wheelchair team. Terry had played regular basketball, but playing in a wheelchair was a formidable new challenge, one that he accomplished against powerful odds.
The author, Leslie Scrivener, has a Master of Journalism degree and is the Faith and Ethics reporter for the Toronto Star. She is certainly qualified to write this book. The language used and her style of writing are perfect for the intended audience.
Thomas F. Chambers, a retired college teacher, lives in North Bay, ON.
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