The father of Terry Fox has been diagnosed with lung cancer, according to the family.
In a statement posted online the Fox family says soon to be 81-year-old Rolland Fox will fight the cancer with a “never give up” attitude he passed on to his son.
The family says Rolland began smoking at 19 and stopped on a dare 30 years ago.
They say he has become more active attending Terry Fox runs across the country since the passing of his wife Betty.
The family says judging by the “dated and overused humour we are forced to endure”, Rolland is in good spirits.
Other than the online statement the family says they will make no further comment.