Google Canada’s Doodle today is celebrating Canadian hero Terry Fox and his “Marathon of Hope”, which took place 40 years ago today. You see the image above when searching on Google.ca.
According to Google, the Doodle was illustrated by Toronto artist Lynn Scurfield, to show the start of Terry’s marathon in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, with a theme inspired by Canada’s Group of Seven landscape paintings.
We’ve all done the Terry Fox run during our school days growing up in Canada. Fox was diagnosed with cancer and proceeded to run nearly a marathon per day for over four months, to raise money for cancer research:
Three years following his diagnosis, on April 12, 1980, Fox humbly embarked on his “Marathon of Hope” in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Through biting winds and summer heat, he ran close to a marathon a day for over four months, an incredible 5,373 kilometres (approximately 3,339 miles) in all. Although a return of Fox’s cancer prevented him from completing the route, he achieved his goal of raising a dollar for every Canadian citizen, totaling over $24 million for cancer research.
You can read more about Scurfield’s inspiration for the Doodle over here.