Terry Fox
Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox , (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian humanitarian
In its most general form, humanitarianism is an ethic of kindness, benevolence and sympathy extended universally and impartially to all human beings. Humanitarianism has been an evolving concept historically but universality is a common element in its evolution...

, athlete, and cancer research
Cancer research
Cancer research is basic research into cancer in order to identify causes and develop strategies for prevention, diagnosis, treatments and cure....

 activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5373 kilometres (3,338.6 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy.