Terrance Stanley Fox was born in Winnipeg in the summer of 1958. He grew up to become one of the most prolific humanitarians, icons, and cancer research activists in Canadian history. Terry was an athlete his whole life. He not only participated in long distance running but he also played basketball for Simon Fraser University.
In 1977, Terry discovered a malignant tumour in his right leg, which was then amputated about 6 inches above his knee.