Terry Fox lost his right leg to cancer at 18, and was determined to fight and beat cancer not only for himself, but for a much greater cause. He set out to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research, endured extreme training for 15 months, and began his Marathon of Hope in Newfoundland on April 12, 1980. He was forced to abandon the Marathon of Hope after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles) when his cancer returned.
Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age of 22, but his spirit lives on and continues to inspire Canadians and people around the globe to pick up the baton forward and make Terry’s dream possible. In their own ways, large and small groups, corporations and individuals organized runs and other events in the spirit of the Marathon of Hope.
Like many of us, Joe Borges and Margot Cudmore of Pomegranate Letterpress Design were inspired by Terry’s Marathon of Hope and have, for many years, supported the Terry Fox Run and other fundraising endeavours. This year, Joe and Margot are taking it up a notch.
Inspired by Terry’s sayings, they created a beautiful poster during the Letterpress Workshop, a mix of typography and a wood carving of Terry Fox by Joe. The posters are 14.75” x 21.75”, printed on beautiful Zerkali Litho VI paper, using the museum’s Grafix GX2 NM Proving Press.
This will be a limited edition of 22 posters, in remembrance of Terry's 22 years of purposeful life.
“It’s a great chance to use some of our bigger wood type and pay tribute to a great Canadian hero and icon. We can use a bit of Terry’s inspiration right now,” Joe explains.
We are honoured to carry the limited-edition posters at the HIW Museum store. They’re made available for purchase, with all proceeds to go to the Terry Fox Foundation.