Terry Fox and Me
As we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, a new picture book biography about the famous runner and his best friend Doug is published, telling the story of a friendship defined by strength and love. It's the perfect introduction to an inspiring Canadian Hero.
Before Terry Fox become a national hero and icon, he was just a regular kid. But even then, his characteristic strength, determination and loyalty were apparent and were the foundation for his friendship with Doug. The two first met at basketball tryouts in grammar school. Terry was the smallest, and worst basketball player on the court. But that didn't stop him. With Doug's help, Terry practiced and practiced until he earned a spot on the team. As they grew up, the best friends supported each other, challenged each other, helped each other become better athletes and better people. Doug was by Terry's side every step of the way: when Terry received a diagnosis of cancer in his leg, when he was learning to walk then run, with a prosthetic leg and while he was training for the race of his life, his Marathon of Hope.
Written from Doug's perspective, this story shows that Terry Fox's legacy goes beyond the physical and individual accomplishments of a disabled athlete and honors the true value of friendship. Terry Fox and Me is written by Mary Beth Leatherdale, with illustrations by Milan Pavlovic.
Terry Fox and Me retails for $21.99 and is available at Chapters-Indigo. For details about the Terry Fox Foundation, visit www.terryfox.org. Learn more about Mary Beth Leatherdale by visiting her website.
And, don't miss the Annual Terry Fox Run, held virtually this year, on September 20, 2020.