CTV announced today that it has scheduled Running on a Dream: The Legacy of Terry Fox to air Saturday, September 10 at 7 p.m. ET (check local listings). The one-hour original documentary will be broadcast on the eve of the highly anticipated CTV premiere of original movie Terry (September 11, 7-9 p.m.).
Together, the movie and this companion documentary serve as a weekend tribute to one of Canada’s truest heroes as the nation prepares to honour the 25th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.
Twenty-five years later, Terry Fox continues to prove that just one person can make a difference as his legacy continues to help fund the advancement of cancer research.
Running on a Dream: The Legacy of Terry Fox examines this question: If Terry Fox walked into a doctor’s office today complaining of severe pain in his right leg, how might the outcome be different than 25 years ago? The answer: He would probably survive and he may not even lose his leg. With that, Fox’s vision of advancement in cancer research is being realized globally today.
With a forward from noted Terry Fox admirer Lloyd Robertson, Running on a Dream: The Legacy of Terry Fox tells the story of the remarkable progress made by doctors and scientists funded in part by the millions of people in 50 countries worldwide who have joined Fox’s Marathon of Hope to raise funds for further cancer diagnosis and treatment.
“Terry Fox’s story has always been moving, but until we began producing this documentary, I didn’t comprehend the real scope of his legacy,” said Producer Leigh Badgley of Omni Film Productions. Writer/Director Jerry Thompson added: “He truly was a man of vision whose hopes and dreams have made an amazing impact on millions of lives worldwide.”
Meet Charlotte, Rati and José: three people from different parts of the world, joined together by one cause. Charlotte, a Toronto native, suffered from the same cancer as Fox, but escaped the same fate. She has been cancer-free for 13 years and walks today on two healthy legs. Rati, a young girl from Botswana, flew to Canada for a pioneering medical procedure, another example of research and science saving a life. And finally José, a cancer survivor who lost his leg to the disease, runs every year in his native Cuba to help keep the Marathon of Hope alive.
Along the journey, Running on a Dream: The Legacy of Terry Fox introduces viewers to doctors and their teams who have worked tirelessly with funds provided by the Terry Fox Foundation to continue breakthroughs in medical science.
Since 1980, over $360 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Fox’s name. In 2005-06, The Terry Fox Foundation will direct almost $19 million towards cancer research in Canada. One dream; a world of hope; the race for a cure continues.