July 30, 2014 11:36 am

WATCH: Should B.C. have its own Terry Fox Day?

VANCOUVER – Should the province of B.C. have its very own Terry Fox Day?

Manitoba premier Greg Selinger says he plans to name the August civic holiday after Terry Fox.

Fox was born in Winnipeg in 1958 but he was raised in Port Coquitlam in B.C.

When he was only 18 years old he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and was forced to have his right leg amputated.

When he was in hospital he thought of the idea to run across Canada that would eventually become known as the Marathon of Hope.

He started his run in St. John’s Newfoundland on April 12, 1980, but was forced to stop outside Thunder Bay, Ontario, on Sept. 1. He had ran 5,373 kilometres.

He was forced to stop because cancer had appeared in his lungs.

Terry passed away at the age of 22 on June 28, 1981, but his legacy still lives on.

Let us know what you think about a Terry Fox Day.

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