Terry Fox

1958 - 1981

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Terrance Stanley Fox (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated due to cancer, he embarked on an east-to-west cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Terry Fox has received more than 5,605,737 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Terry Fox is the 238th most popular athlete (down from 175th in 2019), the 216th most popular biography from Canada (down from 210th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Canadian Athlete.

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  • 46

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.98

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.12

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among athletes, Terry Fox ranks 238 out of 6,025Before him are Milkha Singh, Ugo Frigerio, Aleksander Klumberg, Dragutin Šurbek, Meriones, and Ilmari Salminen. After him are Asafa Powell, Giulio Gaudini, Dominik Hašek, Tatyana Kazankina, Erik Lundqvist, and John Ljunggren.

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Among people born in 1958, Terry Fox ranks 140Before him are Fish, Bertrand Piccard, Zlatko Vujović, Ron Mueck, Colm Feore, and Silvan Shalom. After him are Yuriy Boyko, Marcos Paquetá, Sergei Makarov, Domenico Dolce, Simon Le Bon, and Andreas Wenzel. Among people deceased in 1981, Terry Fox ranks 122Before him are Boris Polevoy, Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia, Princess Marina Petrovna of Russia, Mario Camerini, Bruce Fraser, 1st Baron Fraser of North Cape, and Arthur O'Connell. After him are Paco Bienzobas, T. H. Marshall, Jack Albertson, Robert Montgomery, François Bordes, and Allan Dwan.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Terry Fox ranks 216 out of 1,622Before him are Frank Dux (1956), George Lawrence Price (1892), Cobie Smulders (1982), Sandra Oh (1971), John T. Dunlap (1957), and Phil Hartman (1948). After him are Louis Nirenberg (1925), Jon Vickers (1926), Ernest Burgess (1886), Marc Singer (1948), Joseph-Armand Bombardier (1907), and Bobby Hull (1939).

Among ATHLETES In Canada

Among athletes born in Canada, Terry Fox ranks 3Before him are Donald Arnold (1935), and Ethel Smith (1907). After him are Percy Williams (1908), Duncan McNaughton (1910), Doug Rogers (1941), Earl Thomson (1895), Étienne Desmarteau (1873), Jane Bell (1910), David Hall (1875), Peter Kirby (1931), and Frank Dixon (1878).