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Olympic Fail

Wow!! The lack of fact-checking boggles the mind!! I've heard that this wasn't the only program to make the mistake between Terry Fox and Michael J. Fox.

But what really makes me laugh is that they show photos of BOTH Terry and Michael... WTF? Really?! They are not the same guy! *LOL*



I'm sure you all know who Michael J. Fox is. But, while you can't live in Canada and *not* know who Terry Fox is, (he's kind of a national hero n' all), I can totally, *totally* appreciate how other countries may not be as familiar with him.

So, here's just a quickie Canadian history lesson for you all...;)

After losing his leg to cancer, at the age of 21, Terry became famous for the Marathon of Hope, where he ran across Canada on one prosthetic leg, in order to raise money for cancer research. Terry's goal was to raise $1 from every Canadian citizen.

According to Terryfox.org and Wikipedia (see, even I know enough to do a lil' fact checking, and I'm just writing a silly blog! ;), he started his run on April 12th, 1980 and had managed to run 3,339 miles before his cancer had spread, forcing him to quit on Sept. 1st of that same year.

Eight days after he was made to stop, CTV television network put on a telethon in hopes of raising additional funds. The telethon was such a huge success that by Feb. 1981, $24.17 million dollars had been raised, realizing Terry's dream of raising the equivalent of one dollar for every Canadian.

On June, 28, 1981, Terry passed away at the young age of 22.

Since then, in September of every year, people from all over participate in the Terry Fox run. To date, over $400 million has been raised worldwide in Terry's name.

And that's who Terry Fox is. :) He had passed on just before fellow Canadian, Michael J. Fox earned his fame portraying young Republican, Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties.

Of course, I'm not diminishing the awesome stuff Michael J. Fox has achieved as an avocate for Parkinson's disease.

They're just not the same guy.

posted on Feb 15, 2010 11:16 AM ()

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