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23 04, 2017

Meet Kayte: An Amazing Young Cancer Fighter

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Meet Kayte: an amazing young cancer fighter

My name is Kirsten Fox, and I am proud to say that Terry Fox is my uncle and inspiration. Last week you read about the Foundation’s effort to make a significant impact on hard-to-treat children’s cancers. Today I am honoured to introduce you to another inspirational person in my life, Kayte, the awesome young cancer fighter, curler and friend pictured above.

Like Terry, we all believe in the potential of a world without cancer and we need stories that give us reason to continue to believe. This is where Kayte comes in. As a fellow curler, I had heard her name over the years but only recently met her and was inspired by her story.

On March 5, 2007 Kayte was diagnosed with Dysgerminoma, or adolescent ovarian cancer. She was 16 and had just recently qualified for the BC Juvenile Girls Provincials. Not letting her diagnosis get in the way of her goals, Kayte convinced her doctors to push the beginning of her treatment by a week, allowing her to compete with her team.

When she returned, she was quickly admitted to BC Children’s Hospital so her treatment could begin. She had four rounds of intensive treatment, each entailing a five day hospital visit, and a surgery to remove the tumour. Treatment was hard on Kayte but she had a great support system of family, friends and other patients she met in a local teen support group. Fortunately her treatment plan was successful.

Kayte will be celebrating 10 years cancer free on July 16 with her friends, family and golden retriever Ryder – and she’s still curling up a storm.

Kayte Gyles (left), Kirsten Fox (right)

Terry was inspired to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research when he saw the suffering in the cancer ward during his treatment. Terry wrote in 1980, “I could not leave [the ward] knowing these faces and feelings would still exist.”

Kayte shared with me how much she connected to my uncle Terry’s story. She could relate to his age, his ambitions as an athlete and, most importantly, his determination not to let his cancer diagnosis interfere with his goals. As someone who has the privilege of working with schools and students, I feel a personal connection to Kayte’s story. Going through adolescence is difficult enough without having to battle an aggressive disease. It’s stories like these that motivate us to continue working towards Terry’s vision of a world without cancer.

As a Terry Fox School Run Coordinator, I take inspiration every day from Terry and young cancer survivors like Kayte. It’s also why I am so pleased to tell you today that The Terry Fox Foundation is making a significant investment in research for childhood cancers, specifically hard-to-treat cancers. If you want to make an investment in our research work in this field in honour of kids like Kayte, please consider giving today.

Give today

Kirsten Fox
School Run Coordinator

27 02, 2017

Spring 2017 Newsletter

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Spring 2017 Newsletter

Improving the Lives of Patients with Multiple Myeloma

A $5-million investment in New Brunswick is bringing attention to a lesser known cancer found in the bone and bone marrow. A team made up of researchers and clinicians found across Canada, led by UNB’s Dr. Tony Reiman, are investigating how the disease can be identified, monitored and treated in hopes of changing how patients are cared for.
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Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada Museum Exhibit Moving West

After a very successful presentation at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, this touching exhibit is on the move with stops at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg and the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.
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How Many Times Can We Run Across Canada

Join the Running Room as they kick off the celebration and fundraising for the 2017 Terry Fox Run. In 2016, participants of the Marathon of Hope Celebration crossed Canada over thirteen times (close to 100,000 kms)!
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Dr. Pam Ohashi

Dr. Pam Ohashi Wants to Teach Your Immune System to Fight Cancer

The Terry Fox Research Institute awarded a grant to Dr. Ohashi this past fall to research how to stimulate the immune system to directly kill cancer cells. With a focus on serous ovarian cancer, the project aims to expand treatment options for ovarian cancer patients.
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9 02, 2016

Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada Museum Exhibit Moving West

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Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada Museum Exhibit Moving West

The inspirational Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada exhibit has made it’s way across Canada with stops at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg and will be making it’s next stop at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, April 12, 2017. Sharing the life and incredible accomplishment of one of the most inspiring Canadians, the exhibition features a wide array of artifacts and archival materials, displayed together publicly for the first time.


After a very successful presentation at the Canadian Museum of History where it welcomed more than 215,000 visitors before closing in January 2016, the exhibition then started moving west. Venues included THEMUSEUM in Kitchener (April 8 to June 16, 2016), the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg (July 14 to October 10, 2016) and the Royal BC Museum in Victoria (April to October 2017).

“This exhibition would not have been possible without the great generosity of the Fox family, and their willingness to share Terry with the world,” said Jean-Marc Blais, Director General of the Canadian Museum of History. “More than 37 years after his astonishing achievement, Terry Fox remains a hero for Canadians. This tour will give more people a chance to marvel at his determination and courage.”

“During the Marathon of Hope and the months that followed, Canadians filled our home in Port Coquitlam, B.C., with scrapbooks, letters and gifts,” said Darrell Fox, Terry’s brother. “We’re honoured to share some of our collection and to help tell this important story.”

The tour will enable many more people to understand why some consider Terry Fox to be the greatest Canadian of all time. Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada was produced by the Canadian Museum of History, in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre.

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13 01, 2016

Rolly Fox, Fox Family Statement

By | January 13th, 2016|Categories: Media Releases|0 Comments

Terry Fox Family Statement

It is with heavy hearts that we wish to share with Terry Foxers from coast to coast and around the world that our Dad and Grandfather, Rolland (Rolly) Fox, has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer. He remains in very good spirits, confirmed by the dated and overused humour we are forced to endure. Though initially troubled by the news, Rolly is committed to approaching the challenge now before him by adhering to the traits – optimism and a never give up attitude – that he likely passed on to his son Terry.
Rolly, who will be 81 in March, started smoking at age 19, consistent with the times. He quit smoking on a dare from a brother on May 24, 1986 and exactly a year later ran a 10 miler. It will be 30 years this May that Dad took his last puff. Rolly has been a behind-the-scenes believer of Terry’s mission for 36 years. More recently, with the passing of Betty, his wife of 54 years and Terry’s Mom, he has been more active visiting Terry Fox Runs across Canada and personally signing over 14,000 thank-you letters every year.

Lung cancer claims the lives of more Canadians than any other form of cancer, though because of the smoking stigma it is often neglected as a funding priority for research. The Terry Fox Research Institute, with funding from the Terry Fox Foundation, recently completed a pan-Canadian study to detect lung cancer early. We thank you for your continued support for our family during this period and for keeping alive Terry’s dream of ending cancer through research. Our family will endeavour to keep supporters updated but will not be making any further public comments at this time.

The Terry Fox Family

22 09, 2015

Statement of Mr. Britt Andersen of The Terry Fox Foundation

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Statement of Mr. Britt Andersen of The Terry Fox Foundation

Regarding Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Commitment of Matching Donations for Cancer Research.

Mr. Britt Andersen, Executive Director of The Terry Fox Foundation, made the following statement in response to Sunday’s announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“As an international non-profit organization, The Terry Fox Foundation is non-partisan. The Foundation welcomes new investment commitments in cancer research from any and all political parties. Like all non-profit organizations we need the support of our donors and the government to be able to continue to invest and make advancements in vital cancer research.

On August 31, The Terry Fox Foundation and the Terry Fox Research Institute sent a letter and backgrounder to the leaders of all five political parties in Canada. The joint letter sought their support for a Canadian Comprehensive Cancer Centre network that will one day deliver precision cancer-medicine programs to patients. It will position Canada as a leading nation in cancer research and will have a profound impact on Terry’s goal to defeat cancer.

Terry chose to run across Canada to bring attention to the need for more research. In doing so, he unified the country. The Terry Fox Foundation requests that all parties take the moral high ground and recognize that a cure for cancer should transcend political goals. In that spirit, we urge all parties and everyone to work together to support this important vision to create a network of comprehensive cancer centres that will transform cancer care and greatly increase our ability help cancer patients.

Let us all now focus on how best to use this opportunity regardless of partisanship. Terry didn’t define cancer by a partisan colour, he defined it by raising funds to find a cure. Let us all follow his lead.”

Note to media: This statement will be the only comment that the Terry Fox Foundation will make about Sunday’s announcement and will also not offer opinions on any election campaign issues.

12 06, 2015

Terry Fox Run to Return to Confederation Bridge in 2015

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Terry Fox Run to Return to Confederation Bridge in 2015

35th Anniversary Run to take place 100 days from now.

Charlottetown, June 12th, 2015- The Confederation Bridge, in partnership with The Terry Fox Foundation, announced today that the Terry Fox Run will mark its 35th anniversary 100 days from now with a run across the Confederation Bridge on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Founded in 1981 in commemoration of Terry’s ‘Marathon of Hope’ and his fight against cancer, the Terry Fox Run has evolved into the largest fundraising event in support of cancer research in the world, with events taking place in 32 countries across 4 continents annually. To date, close to $700 million dollars has been raised in Terry’s name for cancer research.

“It is fitting that Canada’s largest Terry Fox Run will be held on the Confederation Bridge. The Bridge and the ‘Marathon of Hope’ are symbols of what makes Canada great: enormous dreams, herculean efforts, momentous feats, and the end result, a nation connected and unified,” said Britt Andersen, Executive Director of The Terry Fox Foundation. “Thirty Five years ago, I’m certain Terry never could have conceived of such an engineering marvel. If it had existed, without a doubt, he would have run its length in the name of cancer research.”

Both the 25th and 30th anniversaries of the Terry Fox Run were marked with Confederation Bridge hosted events, offering participants the unique opportunity to cross the bridge on foot. The two runs continue to be recognized as the largest Canadian Terry Fox Runs in the history of the event for both participants and funds raised, collectively welcoming 24,000 participants and raising in excess of $700,000 for cancer research. Organizers hope to surpass past event numbers in 2015.

“It is truly an honor to be a part of the 35th anniversary Confederation Bridge Terry Fox Run”, stated Gwen Smith-Walsh, Provincial Director of The Terry Fox Foundation in New Brunswick and PEI. “Sharing this event with so many Canadians will be inspiring and momentous for the pursuit of cancer research and the legacy of Terry Fox. We expect this run to be highly attended, judging by the number of inquiries our office has been receiving.”

Established in 1988 as a grassroots, charitable organization independent of other National cancer fundraising organizations, The Terry Fox Foundation is an industry leader in fiscal responsibility – 84 cents-per-dollar raised is donated directly to cancer research. As one of the largest non-governmental funders of cancer research in the country, the Foundation’s efforts in Terry’s memory are allowing for innovative, discovery-based and translational research in a number of areas including: imaging that detects if breast cancer treatment is working after just one week of therapy; a pre-leukemic stem cell that can identify the disease before it even begins; and genome sequencing to better understand drug resistance in cancerous tumours.

“We encourage Canadians from across the country to register to join us on the Bridge on September 20th to be a part of Terry’s legacy of courage and determination, to celebrate the progress made in cancer research, and to help ensure that strides in the fight against cancer continue,” stated Michel Le Chasseur, General Manager of the Confederation Bridge.

4 07, 2013

Minister Moore Announces Major Partnership to Honour One of Canada’s Greatest Heroes: Terry Fox

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Partnership to Honour One of Canada’s Greatest Heroes: Terry Fox

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced a partnership agreement between the friends of the Terry Fox Collection and the future Canadian Museum of History to honour the legacy of Terry Fox, one of Canada’s greatest heroes. Together they will develop an exhibition featuring the story and legacy of Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope. The exhibition will open at the future Canadian Museum of History in 2015, in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope.
“Terry Fox is one of Canada’s greatest heroes and his story deserves to be known by all Canadians as an important part of our nation’s history,” said Minister Moore. “The Marathon of Hope inspired future generations worldwide, and Terry’s legacy continues to raise millions of dollars for cancer research year after year. During the first ever Canada History Week, I am honoured to announce a partnership that will give Canadians the opportunity to learn about Terry’s life and his outstanding achievements.”

The exhibition will feature some of the key artifacts from Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, which he undertook in 1980 to raise funds for cancer research after losing his leg to cancer at age 18. The Marathon began in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on April 12, 1980, and ended 143 days later in Thunder Bay, Ontario, when his cancer returned. He had completed 5 373 kilometres of his journey. Terry passed away at the age of 22 on June 28, 1981. To date, more than $600 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.

“We are thankful to the Minister and the Government of Canada for this partnership, which will ensure the preservation, restoration, and conservation of the Terry Fox Collection for future generations of Canadians. We are also extremely grateful to all at the Museum, as well as at Library and Archives Canada, for their dedication to the collection and interest in Terry’s legacy and journey,” said Darrell Fox, Terry’s younger brother.  “This remarkable and unique collection offers an inclusive, interactive, and moving way to share Terry’s story and cancer research legacy with Canadians from coast to coast and visitors to Canada from all walks of life,” said Rob Reid, spokesperson for the friends of the Terry Fox Collection. “Our sincere thanks to Terry’s family for their generosity in sharing the more than 200,000 items that comprise this private collection. We are equally indebted to Minister Moore and the Government of Canada for their commitment to ensuring this Collection, which includes thousands of items given to Terry during his journey, will be shared with current and future generations of Canadians as well as all who visit Canada. All who see the Collection will be inspired by Terry’s dream, run, and story.”

“The Museum of Civilization is very proud to be working with the friends of the Terry Fox Collection in developing this important exhibition about Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, which will soon become the Canadian Museum of History. “As Canada’s national museum of history, we look forward to sharing the story of one of Canada’s greatest heroes, and his incredible legacy, with Canadians across the country.”

In addition to the exhibition to open at the Museum in April 2015, the partnership agreement includes the joint development of a travelling version of the exhibition for Canadians across the country. The partnership agreement also sets a foundation for the preservation of the Terry Fox Collection, including the digitization of key documents selected for the exhibitions. For the duration of the partnership, the friends of the Collection will make it available for research, preservation, and exhibition by the future Canadian Museum of History.

11 09, 2012

The Terry Fox Foundation announces Governor General of Canada as Patron

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The Terry Fox Foundation announces Governor General of Canada as Patron

Vancouver, BC — The Terry Fox Foundation is pleased to announce that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, is patron of the Foundation.

“The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General welcomed and recognized Terry 32 years ago during a visit to Rideau Hall. Less than 3 months after his visit, Terry was invested as Companion of the Order of Canada and, in 1982, the fountain in front of the Rideau Hall façade was dedicated the Fountain of Hope. We are therefore extremely honoured that His Excellency has accepted this role and we know that both Betty and Terry would join us in welcoming him to the Foundation and its broader family of supporters and organizers,” said Mr. Rolland Fox, father of Terry Fox.

The Governor General is a strong supporter of Terry Fox, citing the young Canadian hero’s contribution to the country and his generosity as an inspiration for all Canadians. During his installation speech in 2010, His Excellency spoke of how Terry’s spirit and achievement brings Canadians together and how his cause endures three decades after the Marathon of Hope (1980).

“As a Canadian cancer research institute focused on both discovery and translational research, as well as training future leaders (scientists and clinicians) in cancer research, this support from The Queen’s representative in Canada, is a wonderful endorsement for the Foundation and the collaborative work our researchers are undertaking at the best cancer research hospitals and universities in Canada to improve outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Victor Ling, president and scientific director of The Terry Fox Research Institute.

His Excellency will participate in the Terry Fox Run in Ottawa on Sunday, September 16, 2012. This annual run held along the Rideau Canal will also be home to a new initiative involving students at Carleton University who are participating in Terry’s CAUSE on Campus, a national event uniting students at universities and colleagues from coast to coast. (www.terryfox.org/terryscauseoncampus). As patron, His Excellency will also support the work of the Terry Fox Research Institute, which invests the funds raised annually from The Terry Fox Run, which raises approximately $24 million annually for cancer research in Canada.

About TFF and TFRI

To date The Terry Fox Foundation has raised over $600 million for cancer research worldwide. The Foundation maintains the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run, National School Run Day and other fundraising initiatives. The Terry Fox Research Institute seeks to improve significantly the outcomes of cancer research for the patient through a highly collaborative, team-oriented, milestone driven approach to research with the goal of enabling discoveries to translate quickly into practical solutions for cancer patients worldwide. The headquarters for the Foundation and the Institute are in British Columbia.

To speak to Mr. Darrell Fox, please contact:
Helen Cranney 604 675 8222 hcranney@tfri.ca
To speak to Mr. Fred Fox, please contact:
604 701 0246 national@terryfoxrun.org