Should YVR be renamed Terry Fox International Airport?
Published Thursday, August 20, 2009 5:10PM PDT
A bid to change the name of the Vancouver International Airport to honour Canadian legend Terry Fox is gaining steam online.
A Facebook group, "Petition to change the name of YVR to the Terry Fox airport goal 1 million," already has 2,300 members.
The group was created in 2008 by Robert Ganzer, a 29-year-old Camosun College student in Victoria.
He says the number of members has almost doubled this week due to recent media attention.
The official petition website -- TerryFoxAirport.com -- launched Thursday.
Ganzer intends to forward the petition to B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, as well as the YVR airport authority, once he reaches 100,000 online signatures.
Terry Fox, who was raised in Port Coquitlam, B.C., was forced to have his right leg amputated because of bone cancer in 1977. He went on to run 143 days across Canada as part of his Marathon of Hope to spread awareness about cancer and raise much needed research funding.
He passed away in 1981, at the age of 22.
More than $400 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry's name through the annual Terry Fox Run and the Terry Fox Foundation.