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Celebrating the life of Terry Fox

Celebrating the life of Terry Fox

Put Terry Fox on the new Five Dollar Bill

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  January 15, 2020  (LSN)  

Terry Fox has always been a beacon of light to me and his courage gave direction whenever times got a little bit tough, whenever decisions had to be made that were not so clear and changes had to be made that affected others. 

To me he was different, he stood for something and he wasn’t afraid to stand out and up for a cause. 

I admired him. I admired his individuality and his stamina. 

While life is full of fake leaders and gullible followers, Terry stood apart from that crowd and became heroic. 

I read about an opportunity to submit a name for who should be on the Five Dollar Bill. There was only one choice for me. 

I wasn’t looking for a celebrity who’s skill was to entertain me.

I wasn’t looking for a politician who’s skill was to gather popularity votes and I wasn’t looking for someone self serving or someone demanding sacrifice at the expense of others. 

Instead of reading the criteria for submission, I set my own:

The person had to be heroic and worthy of the honour. 

The person had to have influenced and changed the lives of others, not by intent but by their actions. 

I wasn’t interested in manipulation or dishonesty. 

The message their life conveyed would have to be honest, unique and inspiring  and only one person fulfilled all of the above and who stood out from the crowd. 

Terry Fox crawled before he could walk, walked before he could run and then ran until he could run no more. But he never gave up. 

His perseverance, dedication and run continues to this day with a little help from his friends.

I decided to honour Terry with a Five Dollar Bill prototype, created to keep his message alive, 

to keep his courageous voice heard and to never let us forget the achievement one little boy accomplished on that highway cold and alone.


My Choice- My Hero- Terry Fox

Terry Fox Five Dollar Bill by Ron Drillen  Lake Superior News


Terry Fox Map from St John's to Shuniah, Ontario   Lake Superior News
Terry Fox Leaving Thunder Bay General Hospital  Lake Superior News
Photos by JP Fraser
Monument to Terry Fox in Shuniah where he ended his run
Terry Fox 25th Anniversary Shuniah  Lake Superior News


Artist: Ron Drillen 

Garry Cooper  Retired OPP 
Don Smith Councillor Municipality of Shuniah
Jo Currie  Citizen Thunder Bay 
JP Fraser


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