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Hero cancer survivor pleads guilty

SURREY, British Columbia, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A man who became famous in Canada as a cancer survivor after losing a leg at the age of 12 has pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property.

Steve Fonyo of Surrey, British Columbia, also admitted in court Tuesday to threatening his wife, unauthorized use of credit card information, driving while his license was revoked on multiple occasions and parole violations, The Province reported. He was being held pending sentencing in the Provincial Court in Surrey in January.

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Fonyo, 43, became a national hero when he ran across Canada in 1985 on an artificial leg to raise money for cancer. He was awarded the Order of Canada but was stripped of the honor this year because of his string of criminal convictions.

In August, Fonyo married Lisa Greenwood on a beach named after him. Two months later he was arrested when she called police during an argument.

Greenwood told the Oak Bay News she and her husband had been fighting about money. She said she became worried enough to call police but had not wanted him arrested or charged.

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