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September 15, 2011
Commemorative Exhibit: Scarborough welcomes Terry Fox
The City of Toronto Archives will mount an exhibition in the rotunda of the Scarborough Civic Centre to commemorate Terry Fox's stop in Scarborough during his Marathon of Hope, 31 years ago.

Besides archival photographs, there will be CBC footage of the event including Fox's emotional and heartfelt remarks to the crowd.

Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His goal was to run across Canada raising one dollar for each of Canada’s then 24 million people. By the time he reached Scarborough three months later on July 11, the contributions towards cancer research and his fame were growing.

"We are thrilled to have this exhibit at the Scarborough Civic Centre - the very same place where a crowd of thousands turned out to welcome and support Terry Fox," said Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East). The ceremony was an outpouring of community support, and the former City of Scarborough pledged $5,000 in support of Terry Fox's cause. By the end of his Toronto visit, Fox had raised $100,000 in a single day.

There is no admission to the exhibition which opens at noon on September 19 and runs through September 30. Scarborough Civic Centre is located at 150 Borough Dr. and is open Monday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

This exhibition celebrates Terry Fox's legacy and acknowledges the organizers and participants of this year's Scarborough -Toronto Terry Fox Run on September 18. More information about the Terry Fox Foundation is available at

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