Cancer has claimed another member of the Fox family.
Rolland Fox, father of Terry Fox, passed away Tuesday, just over a month after the family announced the 80 year old had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Terry launched his Marathon of Hope back in 1980, running over five-thousand kilometers to raise money for cancer research.
The Marathon is now an annual event, with hundreds of thousands taking part across Canada.
The following statement was posted to the Terry Fox Foundation website:
Our Dad and Grandpa is no longer telling jokes. Rolland Murray Fox died late afternoon on March 8th while listening to a little Hank Williams. He fulfilled his promise to Terry facing cancer with courage, grace and plenty of humour. He thanked everyone, every time as they left the room after caring for him and each and every family member and friend after a visit. Our promise to Dad is to try our very best to focus on the many memories of laughter he gifted us the last few weeks and throughout our lives. His room was always overflowing with family, love, laughter, song and story – does life offer anything better? We have witnessed once again the pain cancer causes but we know, oh how we know, that we are not alone. We have seen first hand the opportunities to extend life because of our nation’s collective belief and investment in cancer research, yet have been forced to accept that they were not available to Dad/Grandpa. We now have your journey, together with Terry’s, to offer us inspiration and hope from this day forward, forever more.
The Fox Family
Our Dad and Grandpa is no longer telling jokes. Rolland Murray Fox died late afternoon on March 8th…please read: https://t.co/TBh66EGpYh
— TerryFoxFoundation (@TerryFoxCanada) March 9, 2016
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