The “#TBT” hashtag has been tagged a staggering 250 million times on Instagram to date. Our latest recurring segment aims to expand the hashtag into a more comprehensive exploration of vintage culture and lifestyle articles. Ranging from automotive and design to fashion and music, while touching on a broad range of additional topics, this week we take a look at the adidas Orion "Terry Fox."

On April 12, 1980, a young Canadian named Terry Fox dipped his prosthetic leg into the Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland to signify the beginning of a fundraising program he called the Marathon of Hope, during which he planned to run across Canada. At a young age, Fox was diagnosed with cancer, and his right leg was amputated in 1977. Terry spent the following years training, attempting to conquer his disability and give confidence to other cancer victims. In 1979, at the age of 21, Terry addressed a letter to adidas asking for 26 pairs of running shoes for his Marathon of Hope, and adidas obliged by equipping Terry for his unfathomable journey. Terry Fox passed away at the age of 22, in 1981. His Marathon of Hope took him outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, having run 143 days and 5,373 kilometers.

In 2005, adidas released a special edition running shoe to honor Terry's legacy. The adidas Orion "Terry Fox" was released in numbers of 6,500, with proceeds going toward cancer research. A select number of these shoes were also publicly auctioned, after being signed by Terry's personal inspiration Muhammad Ali and 11 great Canadian athletes including Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Cindy Klassen, Kurt Browning, Mike Weir, Donovan Bailey, Larry Walker, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Silken Laumann and Catriona LeMay Doan.

Visit the Terry Fox Foundation homepage for information on donating here.

  • Photography:Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum. Image © 2014 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

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