A Walk Across Canada

On May 29, 1985, Steve Charles Foyno, Jr. walked into to Victoria, British Columbia where he finished his walk across Canada that took 14 months.

As a cancer survivor who lost his leg at the age of 12, Foyno wanted to bring attention to the issue as well as raise funds to help people battling the illness. To some, this man could be considered insane for walking 7,000 kilometers (over 4000 miles), but if the issue is important enough someone will do something to bring attention to it. In the end he did it right. He raised $14 million in Canadian dollars. For his efforts he was named an officer in the Order of Canada. He went on to complete a similar task in Great Britain in 1986. His second walk was dedicated to his father who was getting to be very ill.

Through his later life Foyno had his own battle to fight while still in the spotlight of the tabloids. He did not fight the charges when drunk driving, fraud and assault were on his plate. This lead to the Canadian government stripping him of the prestigious civilian award he had previously received.

Foyno has since fallen off the radar of the tabloids. His 15 minutes of fame show that he did something so selfless to benefit society as a whole. But, that all ended when his unlawful actions were magnified.  He was allowed to keep the  Variety International Humanitarian Award for his selfless acts.

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2 comments

  1. Very good write-up. I certainly love this site. Keep writing!

    1. Thank you! I am starting to write again today. I had some things to take care of and did not get around to posting.

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