Betty Fox

 

 

Age: 73

 

Summary: mother of cancer research activist Terry Fox (d. 1981 at age 22) whose marathon cross-Canada run inspired a global fund-raising effort to fight the disease as a bone cancer survivor with an artificial leg who set out in 1980 on his "Marathon of Hope" to raise money and awareness about the disease before he suffered a recurrence and halted the run in Ontario after covering nearly 3,355 miles in 143 days, but who kept her son's cancer-fighting legacy alive by organizing runs, raising funds, and helping to launch the research institute and foundation that promotes Terry Fox Runs around the world.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes and arthritis

 

Born: November 15, 1937

 

Died: June 17, 2011

 

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada