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S.M. 2015, c. 9
Bill 16, 4th Session, 40th Legislature
The Terry Fox Legacy Act
(Assented to June 30, 2015)
WHEREAS Terry Fox, born in Manitoba on July 28, 1958, inspired a nation with his heroic efforts;
AND WHEREAS after losing his right leg to cancer at the age of 18, Terry Fox was moved by the suffering of other cancer patients to raise awareness and money for cancer research by running across Canada;
AND WHEREAS on April 12, 1980, Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope in St. John's, Newfoundland and journeyed 5,373 kilometres in 143 days, until he was forced by the spread of cancer to stop on September 1, 1980, just outside Thunder Bay, Ontario;
AND WHEREAS on February 1, 1981, the Marathon of Hope fund reached $24.17 million, realizing Terry Fox's dream of raising $1 from every Canadian to fight cancer;
AND WHEREAS the year 2015 marks the 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, and Terry Fox's legacy is still supporting and sustaining the search to find the cure for cancer;
AND WHEREAS the Terry Fox Run is held each year at thousands of sites in more than 25 countries with more than 2 million participants running to raise funds for cancer research;
AND WHEREAS, to date, more than $650 million has been raised in Terry Fox's name to support cancer research;
AND WHEREAS Terry Fox's visionary efforts also laid the groundwork for the Terry Fox Foundation and the Terry Fox Research Institute;
AND WHEREAS Terry Fox and his legacy of hope, courage, commitment and strength in adversity continue to be an inspiration to school children and communities in Manitoba and Canada and around the world;
THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
In August of each year, the first Monday is to be known throughout Manitoba as Terry Fox Day.
In September of each year, the second Sunday after Labour Day is to be known throughout Manitoba as Terry Fox Run Day.
This Act may be referred to as chapter T45 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.
This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.