Niagara-on-the-Lake celebrates Terry Fox visit 42 years later

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Published July 13, 2022 at 12:33 pm

From left: Lord Mayor Betty Disero joined Dan Maksenuk, Acting Manager of Parks & Recreation, Joan King, and Donna Sattin in Simcoe Park to unveil a bench in honour of Terry Fox and the declaration of July 12 as Terry Fox Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (Photo: Facebook)

On July 12, 1980, the late Terry Fox crossed into Niagara-on-the-Lake as a part of his heroic Marathon of Hope.

On that day, he was honoured at a reception in the town’s Prince of Wales Hotel.

Yesterday (July 12), some 42 years later, the town decided to honour his memory by unveiling a bench in Simcoe Park in his honour and declaring it to be Terry Fox Day.

In the town, resident Joan King has led the annual September run for the past 16 years and has helped raise over $1 million for cancer research.

She said it was a special day for Niagara-on-the-Lake to acknowledge that Terry Fox actually was actually  in Niagara-on-the-Lake 42 years ago.

King has set up this year’s annual Terry Fox Run in Niagara-on-the-Lake for September 18, looking forward to the first year since 2019 without pandemic restrictions.

The bench at the entrance of Simcoe unveiled yesterday and the late Fox during his historic run in 1980.
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