Every year, the Terry Fox Foundation unites communities across Canada through an annual run, commemorating the life and legacy of Terry Fox and his efforts to raise funds for cancer research. This year, fellow British Columbian Ryan Reynolds has collaborated with the foundation on a new limited-edition T-shirt, which the actor is pictured sporting in a recent post. Best of all? Canadians can show their support and purchase their own T-shirt through the foundation’s first-ever pre-sale!

“I’ve been taking part in the Terry Fox Run since second grade and can’t think of a more enduring and lovely legacy for one person,” says Ryan Reynolds, who partnered with the Terry Fox Foundation on this year’s shirt design and #DearTerry campaign. “Terry Fox inspired millions in life and death.”

The cause

In 1977, the Port Coquitlam-born Terry Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer, resulting in the amputation of his right leg. After witnessing the suffering of other cancer patients while in the hospital, he decided to run across Canada to raise funds for cancer research.

According to the foundation’s website, Terry ran an average of 42 kilometres (26 miles) every day for a whopping 143 days, and only stopped when his cancer spread to his lungs on September 1st, 1980.

Today, his Marathon of Hope remains one of the greatest Canadian examples of human triumph and perseverance. Now a fall tradition, the annual Terry Fox Run has more than 650 communities across the country participating every year.

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According to a release, the shirt features messages Terry and his family received both past and present, and celebrates how his story and legacy continue to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities in Canada and beyond.

Originally, this year’s T-shirt was going to be available for purchase on the foundation’s website on April 12th – the day Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean and commenced his cross-country journey. However, due to high demand – the foundation decided to release its first-ever pre-sale, which is currently live!

Shirts are priced between $25 and $40 depending on length and style, with youth shirts available for $20 each. All proceeds will go towards supporting cancer research in Canada.

This year’s annual Terry Fox Run will take place on Sunday, September 17th, and participants can officially register to participate on April 12th.