Terry Fox in Toronto, 1980 July 12In 1980, Terry Fox started running across Canada to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Terry had lost his right leg to bone cancer 3 years earlier at the age of 18. Unfortunately, the spread of his cancer accelerated during the run and he had to stop after 143 days (and shortly thereafter died) but he is directly responsible for more funds being raised for cancer research in 1 day than any other person.

The Terry Fox Run alone has been held annually since 1981 and has raised over $500 million for cancer research with millions of participants from over 60 countries.

Tonight on ESPN (and throughout the next week on ESPN 2 and ESPN Classic) you can learn more about Terry Fox as they premiere “Into the Wind”, a film directed by NBA MVP Steve Nash and his cousin, Ezra Holland.

Here’s the trailer:

The film is part of ESPN’s 30 in 30, a 30 film documentary series telling stories related to the world of sports in the 30 years from 1979 through 2009.

I’m not sure if this will be streamed online anywhere, but if so then leave a comment below and let me know where because I’d like to watch the film and don’t have cable.

(More Information: ESPN – Photo Credit: Jeremy Gilbert)