Terry Fox (1958-1981)
Easily the most beloved Canadian of the last 100 years, Terry Fox is something of a secular saint in modern Canada. As a young student, Terry contracted bone cancer, forcing the amputation of his right leg. Inspired to raise money for cancer research, he organized a one-man Marathon of Hope across the country, but tragically quit less than halfway through, after his cancer spread to his lungs. He died a martyr for his cause.