Mount Terry Fox

Feature Type:Mount - Variation of Mountain: Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks. ["Mount" preceding the name usually indicates that the feature is named after a person.]
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: In Selwyn Range, just N of Valemount, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°55'58''N, 119°14'08''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 83D/14

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 31 July 1981, covering all topography above 7500' contour.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

To commemorate Terry Fox (1958 - 1981), the Coquitlam resident whose Marathon of Hope focused national & international attention on the need to find a cure for cancer. Terry lost a leg to cancer when he was 18, but just 18 months later, and fitted with an artificial leg, he undertook a cross-Canada run to raise funds for cancer research. Terry started his run 12 April 1980 in St. John's Newfoundland and covered 42 kilometres (26 miles) per day on his journey west; his run was cut short at Thunder Bay, Ontario, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Donations to his Marathon of Hope continued to pour in, and in February 1981 Terry's dream of raising $1 from every Canadian was realized when the fund reached $24.17 million. Terry died 28 June 1981, age 22. Twenty-plus years after his death, images of Terry's familiar skip-hop gait are instantly recognizable to all Canadians; more than $300 million has been raised for cancer research in Terry's name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held each September across Canada and around the world. See Terry Fox Run website for additional biographical information and photos (www.terryfoxrun.org)

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office