I spoke To Mrs Fox a few times on call in radio shows.I greatly admire her and her son Terry Fox. My deepest sympathies to her families and friends. Canada is poorer for her loss.
Betty Fox, mother of cancer hero and Canadian icon Terry Fox, has died.
Ms. Fox, who was in her early 70s, had been suffering from complications from diabetes and arthritis. She is survived by her husband, Rolly, two sons, a daughter, and several grandchildren.
Ms. Fox was an ordinary woman who rose to a profound challenge when her middle son Terry was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma in March, 1977, and had his right leg amputated above the knee. He was 18. He was barely out of treatment – 16 months of chemotherapy and rehabilitation – when he revealed his goal of running across the country on his one good leg and a prosthesis to raise money for cancer research. Initially she was against the plan, but came around when she saw the intensity of his commitment.