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National show about Port Coquitlam hero Terry Fox opens in Victoria

The blue and white Adidas sneakers that Port Coquitlam hero Terry Fox laced up on his historic Marathon of Hope are among the many archives on show in a touring exhibit that opened yesterday (Wednesday) in Victoria.

The blue and white Adidas sneakers that Port Coquitlam hero Terry Fox laced up on his historic Marathon of Hope are among the many archives on show in a touring exhibit that opened yesterday (Wednesday) in Victoria.

The launch of the display — titled Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada — coincided with the 37th anniversary of the day the amputee started his cross-country fundraiser for cancer research, on April 12, 1980.

Fox's friend Doug Alward and his brother, Darrell, both of whom were part of the Marathon of Hope journey, were also at the exhibit opening at the Royal BC Museum as was Fox's eldest brother, Fred.

It closes Oct. 1.

Meanwhile, a smaller travelling exhibit about Fox will open in September at Heritage at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam — around the same time as the Terry Fox Hometown Run.

Like the Victoria display, it is being organized by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre.

That show, also timed to run as part of the country's 150th anniversary celebrations, will end in November.

jcleugh@tricitynews.com

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