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In the spring of 1977, the right leg of Winnipeg native Terry Fox was amputated 6 inches above the knee. A tumor, doctors informed the 18-year-old: malignant. The day before his surgery, Fox read about an amputee runner; that night, he dreamed that he, too, would be an amputee runner. On April 12, 1980, Fox took the first step of his Marathon of Hope, a run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Fox’s brash prediction: He’d raise one dollar for every Canadian. Five months later, with 3,339 miles behind him, Fox stopped running. Cancer, doctors said: in his lungs. Fox was furious. By not finishing, he felt he had failed cancer patients, sponsors, and himself. But when Fox died on June 28, 1981, after undergoing chemotherapy and interferon treatments, the amputee runner had raised $24.17 million—and the population of Canada that year was 24.1 million. Nice dream. The Terry Fox 4-Mile Run for Cancer Research, part of a worldwide annual commemoration of Fox’s effort, begins at 10 a.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.) at the Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $20 (proceeds benefit the National Institute of Canada). (202) 944-2074. (Sean Daly)