Terry Fox's mother, Betty Fox, is seriously ill, but is not battling cancer as reported in the Toronto Sun, the family confirmed in a statement Friday:
We wish to share that our wife and mother, Mrs. Betty Fox, is seriously ill. Media reports today that she has cancer are incorrect. To respect her privacy, no other details will be provided.
We have always appreciated the support and understanding the media has granted to our family since Terry's Marathon of Hope in 1980. We are hopeful that Betty's privacy and ours will be respected at this time. We thank you in advance for your consideration.
The family says well-wishes, cards and letters of support may be sent by e-mail to email@example.com