Adidas released a limited edition of the sneakers worn by Canadian hero Terry Fox to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope.
WHO IS TERRY FOX?
Fox was a Canadian athlete and cancer research advocate. He lost his leg to osteosarcoma, but went on to do a cross-Canada run on a prosthetic leg to raise funds for cancer awareness and research.
Fox was not able to complete his run, but did spend 143 days on the road, covering more than 5,373kms.
His brave effort inspired the Terry Fox Run, which has grown to involve millions of participants around the world.
The Terry Fox Run has become the world’s largest single day fundraiser for cancer research, with over CAD$750 million dollars raised so far.
Fox became the youngest Canadian to be named a Companion of the Order of Canada and is widely considered as a national hero.
ADIDAS REISSUES TERRY FOX SNEAKERS
Adidas released a replica of its original Orion running shoes that Fox wore during his run across Canada in 1980 in an effort to raise awareness for cancer research.
Fox had reached out to Adidas before going on his run, and the company sent him more than 20 pairs of Orions in royal blue.
Adidas had previously released a limited edition replica of the shoe in 2005, to mark the 25th anniversary of Fox’s original run.
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT TERRY FOX FOUNDATION
Lucky fans who were able to get their hands on the limited edition run received a pair of sneakers with Fox’s name on the side, quotes on the laces and a special anniversary logo on the insole.
The sneakers also come with a copy of the original letter Fox sent to Adidas.
Adidas also released a limited edition T-shirt to mark the anniversary. Both the shoes and the shirts sold out in minutes.
All the proceeds will go to the Terry Fox Foundation in support of cancer research.
For more information about the Terry Fox Foundation, click here.
For more information about the limited edition Adidas Terry Fox Orions, click here.
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