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Terry Fox

Paragraph Length – Approximately 80 to 100 words.

Following are three short passages about Terry Fox, who started his famous "Marathon of Hope" for cancer research over twenty-five years ago. Now the Terry Fox Run is an event conducted annually in most Canadian communities, and even throughout the world. Not only did Fox's efforts contribute to fund- raising to find a cure for cancer in Canada, but he is remembered with admiration globally. Use the information given to write an opinion paragraph outlining the qualities that you think have made Terry Fox such a 'hero' to Canadians and others.

Start with a clear topic sentence that addresses the given topic. Give three supporting subtopics and illustrate these subtopics with details, explanations, and examples drawn from the source samples.

In order to write your paragraph, use a combination of paraphrasing, summarizing, or quoting, as required. Refer to each text according to the reference given in brackets, and the corresponding line number. For example, you might say:

The Terry Fox Foundation had nearly $19 million to give to cancer research during 200/2005. (Research, 13-14)
You may write this in the first person, but otherwise, retain academic language formalities.

Selection A: Terry Fox Funded Research [refer to as "Research"]

1 After Terry lost his leg to cancer, he discovered that funding for cancer
2 research in Canada was minimal. The motivation for his Marathon of Hope was
3 to raise funds to help find a cure for cancer. The Foundation remains true to
4 Terry’s wishes today by directing all funds raised in his name to cancer
5 research.
6 The National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) is the beneficiary of the
7 money raised from the Terry Fox Run in Canada. The research areas relevant
8 to the Foundation’s mandate are Biological Sciences (studies in the
9 biochemistry, genetics, immunology and molecular biology of cancer),
10 Chemical Sciences (studies in carcinogenesis, drug development and drug
11 delivery) and Physical studies (studies in imaging, radiobiology and
12 photobiology).
13 Over $18.7 million has been budgeted by The Terry Fox Foundation to
14 cancer researchers across Canada during the 2004/2005 fiscal period.

Selection B: TERRY FOX [ refer to as "CBC"]

1 In the fall of 1979, 21-year-old Terry Fox began his quest to run across Canada.
2 He had lost most of his right leg to cancer two years before. Fox sent letters to
3 various companies soliciting their sponsorship. The final sentence of his letter
4 was: "…I'm not saying that this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure
5 to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to."
6 With that dogged spirit, Fox would begin his dream --- one that would take him
7 half way across Canada and touch hundreds of thousands of lives at home and
8 abroad.
9 Terrance Stanley Fox was born July 28, 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Rolly
10 and Betty Fox. He already had an older brother, Fred. Another brother, Darrell,
11 would be born four years later and sister Judith in 1964. In 1966, the family
12 moved to Surrey, B.C. and then to their last destination, Port Coquitlam, two
13 years later.
14 Fox's parents remember him as a determined little boy who never liked to miss
15 a day of school. Fox blossomed into an athlete during junior high school, the
16 same time he met his friend Doug Alward. The boys played baseball, rugby and
17 basketball. By grade 12, Fox and Alward would share the Athlete of the Year
18 Award. Fox graduated from Port Coquitlam High School with distinction.
19 Fox wanted to be a physical education teacher and enrolled in Simon Fraser
20 University (SFU) in Vancouver. There, he tried out for the SFU basketball team.
21 Player Mike McNeill said Fox outshone players who were more talented
22 because he showed more drive.

Selection C - Terry Fox (1958-1981) [Refer to as "Collections"]

1 A natural athlete, Terry’s studies in kinesiology were interrupted by his
2 diagnosis with osteogenic sarcoma — a form of bone cancer — as a result of
3 which his right leg was amputated six inches above the right knee. During his
4 recovery he resolved to undertake a cross-Canada run to raise awareness of the
5 suffering caused by cancer. On April 12th, 1980 Terry Fox dipped his artificial
6 foot into the Atlantic Ocean as he began his "Marathon of Hope". Then, on
7 September 1st, 1980, Terry's relentless pace was cut short by the progression of
8 cancer to his lungs.
9 He died on June 28th, 1981, one month before his 23rd birthday. Terry's dream of
10 collecting $1 from every Canadian was realized; the Marathon of Hope raised
11 $24.17 million for cancer research.
12 Today, his heroic perseverance is commemorated through numerous awards,
13 research grants, and an annual fund-raising run held in 60 countries in his name.

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