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Terry Fox day in Manitoba

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger plans to name the civic holiday in August after Terry Fox.

Fox was born in Winnipeg in 1958 and raised money for cancer research with a planned cross-country run called the Marathon of Hope in 1980.

He had to stop his marathon near Thunder Bay, Ont., as his cancer had spread.

Selinger told Winnipeg radio station CJOB Wednesday morning that Fox's efforts have led to $600 million raised in some 60 countries around the world.

He says the government first has to discuss the issue with the Terry Fox Foundation, then make the name change official by passing a bill in the legislature this fall.

Selinger also says the idea of renaming the August civic holiday after Terry Fox may catch on in other provinces. 

The Canadian Press

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