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A Tribute from Terry’s Peers
National Terry Fox Day for Universities/Colleges

September 6, 2012 - New National initiative unites university students from coast to coast in honour of Canadian hero Terry Fox's legacy for cancer research




Since fall 2012, universities and colleges from across Canada are organizing and participating in Terry Fox events to celebrate the legacy of the Canadian hero. Participating institutions join together to honour Terry and commemorate his Marathon of Hope by raising funds for cancer research. The day is endorsed and supported by The Terry Fox Foundation and The Terry Fox Research Institute. In its inaugural year, institutions from coast to coast were successfully recruited to join Terry's CAUSE on Campus.

Institutions who have participated

  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Toronto
  • Carleton University
  • Queen’s University
  • McMaster University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Calgary
  • Bishop’s University
  • University of Manitoba


Terry Fox was a first-year kinesiology student at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, B.C. When he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer), he lost his right leg above the knee. His final year at SFU became the Marathon of Hope - a 3,339-mile run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. His vision, leadership, courage and hope continue to inspire people of all ages around the world as a Canadian legend. Terry’s CAUSE on Campus is a fitting way to recognize his legacy and provide Canadian university and college campuses with an opportunity to celebrate Terry’s accomplishments. Taking part in his legacy, students can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients at home and abroad.


    • To unite students and communities at participating institutions
    • To raise money for leading-edge cancer research in Canada.
    • To empower Terry’s fellow students, known as "Terry’s Peers," to celebrate the legacy. 
    • To provide a catalyst for building community spirit on Canadian campuses.
    • To inspire future generations with Terry’s story of courage, selflessness and hope.
    • To engage Canadian students with an opportunity to give back to their community.
    • To recognize students on participating campuses who demonstrate qualities which mirror Terry’s (NB: To be determined by individual institutions.)


Each institution is responsible for organizing the event/run in accordance with the policies and guidelines of The Terry Fox Foundation.


The Terry Fox Foundation and The Terry Fox Research Institute will provide support for various aspects of the event/run day planning and execution. A co-ordinating committee comprised of representatives from participating institutions provided oversight and support for the launch of the inaugural 2012 national event/run.


Proceeds from the event/run will support The Terry Fox Foundation’s cancer research programs.


Any university or college in Canada.

(January 2013)