Medicine: The $2 Million Man

Terry Fox, 22, is a fitness-minded British Columbian who played soccer and basketball at Simon Fraser University near Vancouver—until 3½ years ago, when he learned that he had bone cancer. His right leg was amputated above the knee in March 1977, a blow that seemed certain to rule out further athletic achievement. Yet this summer, Fox caught the imagination of Canadians by attempting an extraordinarily punishing feat as a long-distance runner. On April 12 he set out from St. John's, Newfoundland, intent on running 5,300 miles across the continent to Vancouver.

Fox talked the Canadian Cancer Society into sponsoring his run as...

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