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2 11, 2018

You’re Invited – Terry Fox PROFYLE

By |2018-11-02T23:04:27+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Get Involved|

Your Invited - Terry Fox PROFYLE Patrick Sullivan, Co-Chair of Terry Fox PROFYLE is in Regina on November 15 for one night.  He welcomes the opportunity to speak to families and funders interested in making a difference for children with hard-to-treat cancer.  You can learn more about TF PROFYLE here: http://www.tfri.ca/en/profyle I invite you to join us! Date: November 15, 2018 Time: Doors open at 6:30. Event begins at 7:00 and finishes by 8:30 Location: Botoche Room at the Delta Bessbourough in Saskatoon *Refreshments will be provided Delta Hotel room rates: $139/night (reference: M-DITLPEY) Delta Hotel contact: 306-244-5521 RSVP Today We look forward to seeing you there. All the best, Heather MacKenzie

2 11, 2018

93 Years Young – going for a million!

By |2018-11-08T17:24:45+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Recent Posts|

93 years young - going for a million! When Terry told his parents that he wanted to run across Canada to raise $1,000,000 they thought it was a crazy idea. Now imagine it’s a 93 year old navy vet in Barrie Ontario with that same amazing fundraising goal (minus the running cross-country!). Will Dwyer participated in his first Terry Fox Run in 1981 and has never missed a Run since. He is the ultimate door-to-door canvasser, knocking on more than 1,200 doors a year with a trusty pledge sheet and pen in hand. Many of his donors are repeat givers, always prepared with their cash or cheque and an encouraging word. This year Will took a look at his fundraising total ($777,000 wow!) and, knowing that he usually raises over $40,000 a year, thought “Why not push for the same goal as Terry?” Why not indeed. Will’s story took off thanks to social media and soon media and donors came calling to know more about the story. With monies to come we don’t know what the final tally will be but we know it will be extraordinary. Terry taught us to dream big and Will Dwyer has taken this to heart. Way to go Will! Click to see next story

1 11, 2018

Terry would be so proud…

By |2018-11-06T22:00:58+00:00November 1st, 2018|Recent Posts|

Terry would be so proud... As someone who loved a challenge, Terry would have been the first person at the Brantford Terry Fox Run finish line to fist-bump Luca as he completed his first ever fundraising walk this year. Luca is deafblind  - but like Terry, he's a pretty hard guy to slow down. Participating in the Brantford Terry Fox Run was an It’s My Life SMART goal for Luca, devised by his Intervenor Services team with input from his parents. The goal reflected Luca’s love of the outdoors and being out in his community, the desire to give back to his community and being involved in a fundraiser. Luca spent months preparing, creating flyers to put up in the Resource Centre and in the community to educate others about the charity event. He also canvassed for donations with the original goal of $200. He ended up raising a remarkable $578. A super cool touch ... Luca, roommates Daniel and Dorell, and Tamara had T-shirts made with Terry Fox spelled in American Sign Language for the event. Thank you to the Canadian Deafblind Association of Ontario for the photos. Click here for next story

1 11, 2018

Meet John – he’s kinda awesome

By |2018-11-08T17:26:01+00:00November 1st, 2018|Recent Posts|

Meet John - he's kinda awesome John Hopkins was working in Winnipeg when he first heard about the young man running across Canada. “To know a man on one leg made it half way was extraordinary” John shares. “And his efforts have united Canada with so many runs done in his name.” Terry’s eventual death had a strong impact on John. John began volunteering, with his wife Helen, for the Terry Fox Run in Richmond, BC in 1986. Richmond is the community where he and his wife Helen made a home, raised their son, and took part in their first Terry Fox Run. Later, it was where he also first felt personally impacted by cancer. In 1999 Helen was diagnosed with lymphoma, and so began a twelve-year journey with cancer. Like many people faced with a life-threatening illness, they wanted all the information they could get. Through research and conversations with Helen’s doctors, they quickly learned how complicated and unpredictable cancer is. The number of treatment options were limited and for many cancer types, there was a “one size fits all” approach. After being treated for lymphoma, Helen underwent two operations for breast cancer and then melanoma of the eye, which metastasized to her liver. The cancer wouldn’t let up. Helen passed away five years ago. She died in the palliative care facility she helped set up at Richmond Hospital where she worked. John and Helen were married for 49 years and loved each other deeply but unfortunately John’s cancer journey doesn’t end there. Two years ago, John was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. After two successful operations, he is now a cancer survivor – and has the Terry Fox red t-shirt to prove it! He knows there were people with the same cancer who came before him [...]

27 07, 2018


By |2018-11-02T22:19:02+00:00July 27th, 2018|Media Releases|

Bringing Hope to Children and Young People with Hardest to Treat Cancers Terry Fox PROFYLE (Precision Oncology For Young People) is a program that serves the kinds of patients who inspired Terry’s Marathon of Hope – children. While there has been dramatic improvement in treatments and outcomes for many pediatric cancers over the last three decades, for the 20% of young people whose cancers have spread, returned, or are resistant to treatment, outcomes remain stubbornly grim. In a precedent-setting pan-Canadian collaboration, Terry Fox PROFYLE has united a multidisciplinary team of medical and scientific experts in the fields of pediatric oncology to deploy precision medicine in the pursuit of better outcomes for a population urgently in need of more options, more answers, and more hope. We need your help. Support pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer research today! DONATE to PROFYLE Unlike most ‘one size fits all’ treatments today, precision medicine can design treatments for individuals based on their genes. It requires big data, the genetic information of thousands of people, to provide researchers with the tools and knowledge to determine which treatment is likely to deliver the best outcomes for patients. Terry Fox PROFYLE represents a platform upon which Canada’s top researchers can collaborate around each patient’s case. The project harnesses genomic sequencing and next generation molecular tools to identify biomarkers. Existing therapies will be accessible in real time and newly discovered therapies will be added to Terry Fox PROFYLE’s database. In practice, this means that cancerous tissues from a child in Calgary could be sequenced and profiled in Vancouver to identify the mutations. Clinicians in Toronto could advise on the best treatment, and scientists in Halifax could take that tumor and model it in the laboratory so that treatments and therapies can [...]

11 04, 2018

Terry could have been anyone in my town or school…

By |2018-04-11T21:06:07+00:00April 11th, 2018|I remember seeing Terry Fox|

Terry could have been anyone in my town or school... - I was 13 years old and living in Golden BC. Almost every night my family would watch the news hour with dinner - which to me was mindless background noise. The first time they reported on Terry was the first time I remember paying attention to something other than the plate of food in front of me. I had never realized that someone so young could get cancer or that it could happen to such a normal guy. Terry could have been anyone in my town or school, he was just like me. Terry also opened my eyes to big dreams and turning the impossible into the possible. I became a bit fanatical about following his journey. I couldn’t wait to scour the newspaper each day or to sit and wait for an update on the news. Following the Marathon of Hope had such a sustained level of excitement for me – it was like the gold medal hockey game at the 2010 Olympics but played out over 143 days. I remember my disbelief when Terry was forced to stop. It was so unfair. My mom and I cried when we heard the news of his passing. Britt Andersen

11 04, 2018

“Getting” Terry

By |2018-04-11T22:28:57+00:00April 11th, 2018|I remember seeing Terry Fox|

"Getting" Terry  - I've lived in Canada since 2007, but my first visit here from England was in the summer of 1980. I was here as a 15-year-old, on vacation with my parents and staying with family in Kitchener, ON. I don't remember much about that visit, but I do recall seeing a one-legged man on TV, running with an unusual technique, and a catchy "Run, Terry, Run" jingle in the background. I had no idea what this was all about and didn't pay too much attention. Heading back home after my vacation, I never thought about Terry again. As you'd expect, Terry Fox isn't part of the culture in the U.K. the way he is in Canada.Fast forward to 2010, and after living in New Hamburg a few years I started noticing in the local newspaper that there was a Terry Fox Run in town. I remembered his name, so I decided to take part. I raised some money for the cause and got to know the Run's organizer. I offered to join the small committee the following year. I volunteered for a couple of years, helping out here and there when needed.In 2013, when the organizer said it was time for him to step down, I offered to take over, with my wife - Cheryl - lending her much-needed managerial skills. Even then I didn't really "get" Terry; I just thought of the Run as another community event amongst many in our town. However, the more I learned about Terry the person - his vision, his drive and his unique ability to inspire others - the more passionate I became about honouring his memory at our local Run.By 2015, I finally got it. I understood what Terry means to people and why millions of his fellow [...]

11 04, 2018

My friend Terry Fox

By |2018-04-12T17:36:08+00:00April 11th, 2018|I remember seeing Terry Fox|

My friend Terry Fox The first time I saw Terry Run was on a dark, lonely highway in rural New Brunswick at 4:30 in the morning. Although I had talked to Terry several times by phone, it was mid-June before we actually met. I had flown overnight to Quebec City, driving on to Edmonston, New Brunswick where I knew Terry had finished the day before. I climbed into the back seat of my rental and caught a chilly two hours of sleep.At 4 a.m., I was awoken by the of the motel door opening and was met by three bleary eyed, very young men. "Hi, guys, I'm Bill Vigars". A befuddled Doug Alward, Terry's driver and best friend replied, somewhat confused, "You're the guy from the Cancer Society?" I was not what they had expected. They had been dealing with more mature (in every sense of the word) individuals from the Cancer Society to that point.After a quick chat I jumped in the van with them and we drove off into the darkness. After about 10 minutes we stopped in the middle of nowhere on the Trans Canada highway. It was explained to me that the tiny white piece of plastic on the shoulder of the road was a shopping bag they had covered at the exact spot Terry had finished the day before. It was a routine that was repeated every morning of his odyssey. Doug, Darrell and I drove off, parking exactly one mile down the highway. The only traffic on the road was huge transports, the rumble of their engines audible from a long distance. Out of the dark, in the rear view mirror of the van I saw this lonely figure coming towards us out of the dark. The first thing I noticed [...]

10 04, 2018

It started with my dad…

By |2018-04-10T21:59:57+00:00April 10th, 2018|I remember seeing Terry Fox|

It started with my dad... It started with my Dad. He worked road construction in an area where Terry Fox was training for his epic journey. My Dad would come home and tell us about this crazy kid he would see running up the backside of this mountain, on one leg. One particularly miserable day, my Dad stopped and offered Terry a ride. Terry’s reply was “No thank you. This is what I do.” My Dad shook his head and drove off wondering why and thinking this kid was a little nuts. April 12, 1980 arrived and he soon learned why when the news was now sharing the story of a freckled face young man, from a small place called Port Coquitlam, who had set out to run across Canada to raise much needed funds for cancer research. My Dad now understood. As a family, we sat nightly in front of our television set and from the comfort of our living room, we watched Terry, with the firm determination on his face, run one-step at a time. He was running with such purpose and so from our living room, we cheered him on, anxiously awaiting his arrival at some point home to British Columbia and the end of his Marathon of Hope. It was an amazing thing to watch nightly and read the stories that were being shared. My Dad was an avid reader of the Vancouver Sun Newspaper and would often share coverage in the paper with us. I loved to see Terry run and I loved the interviews with the people who had actually seen him running and to hear how that experience had affected them. It affected me, and more so that I could ever imagine. We all watched [...]

10 04, 2018

My lasting impression

By |2018-04-11T22:27:32+00:00April 10th, 2018|I remember seeing Terry Fox|

My lasting impression “I first saw Terry Fox running west on Dundas Street in downtown London. It was an incredibly hot humid day. The streets were packed. The excitement palpable. “Here he comes, I can see him!" I was transfixed. Clumping along in that awkward, never to be forgotten lope of his. Tears rushed to my eyes - his determined smile masking the pain that must have accompanied his every step. Monies in every form we’re rushed forward to fill the proffered bags held by Terry’s running compatriots collecting for the fight against cancer - on the Marathon of Hope. Then suddenly as the runners moved on, Terry disappeared from sight - He was gone - never to be forgotten. My lasting impression - Bob McCaig, Cancer Survivor, St Thomas, Ontario

10 04, 2018

Terry is now a part of my life

By |2018-04-16T16:21:57+00:00April 10th, 2018|I remember seeing Terry Fox|

Terry is now a part of my life In April 1980, I was working hard at my first career job, working long hours, and traveling two streetcars, and two buses to return at night to my apartment. I made sure to arrive home by 11pm in order to catch Harvey Kirck and Lloyd Robertson on CTV news. They had begun to include a nightly news piece on a handsome young man, a year younger than me, who was running across the country. Terry Fox was a magnet – I was drawn into his story and have never left it. I have always been a glass half full person and admired Terry for his convictions and dream. I always wondered where he got the strength to complete the training, and ultimate Marathon of Hope for 143 days in that hot summer of 1980. My life has been enriched by my attention to Terry and his story. I found my niche in being involved in the Stouffville Terry Fox Run for 26 years. Met great people and together we made a difference in cancer research. While I have stepped aside for a younger team to lead the charge, my husband and I continue to volunteer and will be forever grateful for aligning myself with such a wonderful story and incredible Canadian in 1980. Sandy Schell Kennedy

5 04, 2018

New Board of Director Announcement

By |2018-04-06T02:45:40+00:00April 5th, 2018|Media Releases|

New Board of Director Announcement BURNABY, BC (April 3, 2018) – The Terry Fox Foundation is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new members to its board, Katherine Kay and Michael Rossi. Both are passionate Terry Foxers whose global experience and strategic business knowledge will help to strengthen the organization’s impact in Canada and beyond. “As we look ahead, Katherine and Michael are outstanding additions to our Board. They’ve each been involved with The Terry Fox Run for years and we are excited about the unique expertise that they bring as we continue to evolve and lead the organization forward.” The Terry Fox Foundation Board Chair, Bill Pristanski, says. Michel Rossi has served as President of adidas Canada since July 2014, overseeing Canadian operations for adidas and Reebok, as well as shared services for adidas Golf. A proud supporter of Terry Fox both on a personal and corporate level, adidas Canada has set record levels of corporate donations under Michael’s leadership. Katherine Kay is a litigation partner at Stikeman Elliot LLP. Benchmark Canada named her one of the Top 25 Women in Litigation and Competition Litigator of the Year (2016). She is a longtime supporter of The Terry Fox Foundation and annual Terry Fox Run. The Board of Directors provides The Terry Fox Foundation with governance to steer the organization’s operations and ensure fiscal responsibility. The Terry Fox Foundation’s Board of Directors is as follows: Bill Pristanski (Chair), Prospectus Associates Ara Sahakian, CPA, CA, Managing Partner at IA Group Katherine Kay, Litigation partner at Stikeman Elliot LLP Michael Rossi, President of adidas Canada -30- About TFF The Terry Fox Foundation is an international organization whose mission is to maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox [...]

9 01, 2018

Community & Schools Coordinator – Manitoba

By |2018-02-02T04:42:07+00:00January 9th, 2018|Careers|

Job Title: Community & Schools Coordinator Location: Winnipeg, MB Reports to: Provincial Director MB/SK There is no other Not-for-Profit organization in Canada that consistently rates as high as the Terry Fox Foundation in the hearts and minds of Canadians. With over 10 000 runs/events in 32 countries each year, the legacy and story of Terry Fox offers unprecedented opportunities to tell the story of this Canadian icon and promote the significant impact of The Terry Fox Foundation in cancer research Position Overview: This is a part time 4-day a week position. Community and Schools Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and stewarding schools to participate in The Terry Fox Foundation Manitoba School Program as well as various communities, and businesses throughout the province for the Terry Fox Run. This position is suitable for someone who is an engaging presenter and communicator; somebody who is highly motivated and results oriented; a person who can work independently while understanding the team’s vision; a natural relationship builder who strives to truly make an impact on others. Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Responsible for the recruitment and registration of schools, keeps information updated. Recruitment and stewardship new volunteer organizers in communities, schools, businesses and other niche opportunities. Retain and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders including Run Organizers, Service Clubs, participants and volunteers. Develop opportunities to promote the Terry Fox Run. Under the guidance of the Provincial Director, represent The Terry Fox Foundation and speak to groups as required. Recruit, train and schedule speakers, including cancer survivors and cancer researchers to attend special events throughout the Province. Travel within region as needed. In coordination with the Provincial Director, steward donors and identify opportunities. Qualifications and Skills: Post-secondary degree or diploma. Background in Education considered an asset. Knowledge of Terry Fox and The Terry Fox Foundation’s [...]

22 12, 2017

Win Toronto Rock goalie Brandon Miller’s custom mask

By |2018-02-02T04:41:17+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Recent Posts|

Win Toronto Rock goalie Brandon Miller's custom mask Brandon Miller is a long-time Terry Fox Run participant and childhood cancer survivor. He is also the goalie for the Toronto Rock lacrosse team. This year he has joined together with a well known graphic designer, David Arrigo, to design a special “Terry Fox” mask, to pay tribute to his greatest hero. On the back of the mask are the names of young cancer patients and survivors who inspire Brandon and the Foundation every day with their courage and perseverance. Brandon and the Rock are planning to auction it off at the end of the season to raise funds for cancer research. A $20 donation gives you one participation ballot in the draw to win this one-of-a-kind mask! The draw will take place at the Toronto Rock's final home game of the season on Friday April 13, 2018. Support Brandon's efforts

15 12, 2017

Thanks for all your inspiration Terry

By |2018-02-02T04:40:37+00:00December 15th, 2017|your stories|

Thanks for all your inspiration Terry I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer last year at the age of 48. After the shock wore off I started my journey head on. I had a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. While recovering I did a lot of research about diet, Naturopathetic medicine etc. I was having a hard time trying to understand why I should undergo Chemo therapy and poison my body if the cancer was gone. This was a very hard decision for me to make. After a second opinion and being told if my cancer came back I'd be dead in a year I started 6 months (16 rounds) of Chemo. I have supported and done every Terry Fox Run ! Knowing that medicine has come a long way since Terry's fight I just kept up my positive attitude just like he did. I am happy to say that I am now done my treatment and cancer free. I of course have a lot of follow up appointments and tests for the next 5 years but I'm here ! So thanks for all your inspiration Terry. You have and will continue to help so many people! Sandy Carrie Support Sandra's efforts

15 12, 2017

I have lived to see and enjoy three wonderful grandchildren

By |2018-02-02T04:41:31+00:00December 15th, 2017|your stories|

I have lived to see and enjoy three wonderful grandchildren This year is I am celebrating a major milestone in my life. When I was in my early 20s I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In the exploratory operation one ovary was removed and I was referred to a cancer specialist at Toronto General Hospital who was running an experimental clinic.I was so afraid that I would not live to see my own 2 yr. old grow up.The preparatory tests at Princess Margaret Hospital were an eye-opener for me. For the first time I saw that the face of cancer revealed in every age, gender, race, and social class. The fear and suffering were universal. To see the children was especially heart-breaking. . Since my second surgery in the Spring of 1977, I have survived 40 years cancer-free! I always felt that somehow I had to repay this unexpected gift, so I went back to school, became a teacher, and dedicated 25 years to teaching young people. And not only did I see my son grow up to become the fine man that he is today, but I have lived to see and enjoy three wonderful grandchildren who are already learning about Terry Fox. Teri Normoyle Help Teri raise money for cancer research

14 12, 2017

I Believe in Dreams Too

By |2018-02-02T04:42:07+00:00December 14th, 2017|your stories|

I Believe in Dreams Too. We lived in Thunder Bay when Terry stopped his Marathon of Hope and became involved in the local run as soon as it began. Four years later, I faced a cancer diagnosis, and once treatment was over Terry Fox events took on a new importance. I organized our school runs in Thunder Bay and in Sarnia until I retired, then joined the local community committee and have been totally involved ever since. This completes 14! Terry Fox foundation does so much good work and as long as I am able, I plan to help. Jo Kulik

12 12, 2017

I am a proud member of Terry’s Team

By |2018-02-02T04:42:08+00:00December 12th, 2017|your stories|

I am a proud member of Terry's Team. I was diagnosed with "APL" in 2009. I was told if I had this 20 years ago my outlook would be dim. The work done by all the doctors and researchers have helped me recover with flying colours. The money raised through organizations like the Terry Fox Foundation is what is helping people with cancer today. I have run the Terry Fox Run since 1996 but running it now has more meaning to me and my family. I am truly grateful to the organizers and volunteers who make this a very special run. I will be thanking them to no end when I am out there this year. Thank-you to all the people who work for the Terry Fox Foundation. You are second to none. I am a proud member of Terry's Team. David Hutton

12 12, 2017

“I was back running 5km … 3 times per week”

By |2018-02-02T04:42:08+00:00December 12th, 2017|your stories|

"I was back running 5km ... 3 times per week" I was diagnosed at the end of April 2016. When talking with Dr Bedard (Head of Thoracic @ The Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton) he stated that if we went with the chemo, radiation, and the surgery that we could be looking at a cure, not just remission. We jumped at it and did our chemo and radiation in July @ the Cross Cancer Institute and then followed with the surgery in Sep.(removed 9 inches of the esophagus and the top portion of the stomach). I was back running 5km ... 3 times per week on Jan 1, 2017. I lost about 40 lbs initially (195 to 155) but have gained back about 15 lbs and feel great. My plan is to run on Sep 17, 2017 Terry Fox Run in Grande Prairie. David Trydal Sponsor me!

12 12, 2017

Here I am 1 year later in remission.

By |2018-02-02T04:42:42+00:00December 12th, 2017|your stories|

Here I am 1 year later in remission. I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma in May of 2016 after 9 months of tests. I did 12 rounds of bi- weekly chemo and here I am 1 year later in remission. I participate every year in the walk on behalf of my mother and this year I want to proudly wear a Red shirt. Deanna Synard Support my Efforts

23 11, 2017


By |2018-07-05T16:33:26+00:00November 23rd, 2017|Recent Posts|

Canadian pediatric researchers, funders join forces, commit $16.4M to give young people across the country a fighting chance against cancer For the first time in Canadian history, more than 30 pediatric cancer research and funding organizations have joined forces through Terry Fox PROFYLE, a pan-Canadian project to give children, adolescents and young adults who are out of conventional treatment options another chance to beat their cancer. Short for PRecision Oncology For Young peopLE, the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) and these research and funding partners are working and fundraising together under a unique partnership that to date is providing a total of $16.4 million to molecularly profile the tumours of these patients, no matter where they live in Canada. For example, if Terry Fox had been diagnosed with cancer today, he would have been eligible for PROFYLE when the tumour returned and spread to his lungs. A $5-million investment by TFRI is the catalyst bringing together top scientists and clinicians, research centres, cancer charities and foundations at children’s hospitals across the country to create new hope for young people who need it the most. Eight-year-old Marlow Ploughman is one of these children. When her late-stage rhabdomyosarcoma (muscle cancer) relapsed for the fourth time, doctors told Marlow’s parents there were no more conventional treatments left to try. The news was devastating – but then the Kingston, Ont. family learned about Terry Fox PROFYLE. “[Terry Fox PROFYLE] is extremely important, because with children like Marlow we have very few options except the one conventional protocol that we’re given,” said Marlow’s mom, Tanya Boehm. “PROFYLE provides a key to unlock the door to perhaps more options -- or at least provides us more time to wait for some more options to come.” While there has been dramatic [...]

29 08, 2017

The Terry Fox Run – Hope Knows No Borders

By |2018-09-04T22:50:28+00:00August 29th, 2017|Media Releases|

The Terry Fox Run - Hope Knows No Borders VANCOUVER, CANADA Sept. 4, 2018 – Terry Fox viewed himself as an ordinary Canadian but his extraordinary story of incredible personal sacrifice has spread to every corner of the globe. Every year Canadian ex-pats work together with the local population in 33 countries to organize Terry Fox Runs, with the support of Canadian Forces, Embassies and High Commissions. These events not only raise funds for cancer research but they also provide something intangible: an inspirational example of a man whose effort and legacy transcends language, culture and politics. This year, 70 communities and schools around the world are gearing up for their annual Terry Fox Runs. “Terry Fox’s story is fundamentally a human story,” said Rhonda Risebrough, International Director of The Terry Fox Foundation. “His example of overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles and physical challenges is one that resonates with people around the world. Cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries and does not discriminate- it affects all of us.” Terry Fox helped to create a broader awareness about cancer, a reality all humans have in common, no matter where we live. It is only fitting that Terry, and his mission to fund cancer research, lives on in so many countries outside his own through cancer research projects in Vietnam, UAE, India, Malaysia and Singapore. For event details or more information, visit terryfox.org/international-runs If you are interested in hosting or supporting an international Terry Fox Run or special event, contact: Rhonda Risebrough International Director 150-8960 University High Street, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 4Y6 Rhonda.Risebrough@terryfoxrun.org 604.245.5383 About The Terry Fox Foundation The Terry Fox Foundation is an international organization whose mission is to maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research [...]

31 07, 2017

Meet Jordan Lea – A Terry Fox 360 Participant

By |2017-07-31T18:21:54+00:00July 31st, 2017|Recent Posts|

Meet Jordan Lea - A Terry Fox 360 Participant On August 12th, Terry Fox’s brother Darrell and his Road of Hope cycling team will cycle 360km from Sun Peaks to Mt. Terry Fox raising funds for cancer research. With the event just around the corner, we thought we would share the story of one of it's participants, Jordan Lea. Jordan is one of the most inspirational athletes out there. In 1994, Jordan was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The cancer took four years to cure and completely changed his life. Following the cancer, he competed as an ultra athlete in more than ten marathons, five ultra-marathons, four Ironman triathlons, and an Ultraman triathlon. In 2004, a bone infection appeared in his left foot that he would fight—enduring intense rounds of IV antibiotics, hospitalizations and surgeries—for the next nine years. In January of 2012, his doctors attempted a trans-metatarsal (front of the foot) amputation to remove the infection. In spite of this, the infection recurred nine months later, leaving his body in septic shock. A trans-tibia amputation (just below the knee) was considered the best and possibly only option to eradicate the infection and return to an active life. Since his amputation, he has supported other amputees through public speaking engagements and one-on-one mentorships. In 2014, eighteen months post-amputation, he returned to competition after eight years of illness and recovery. You can meet Jordan, Darrell and all of the other incredible riders at this year's Terry Fox 360. This year the Road of Hope Team is looking to surpass it's 2016 total of $40K! To support Jordan, Darrel and the rest of the riders or to learn more about the event please click the button below. Learn More

4 07, 2017

New Canada 150 Stamp Honour’s Terry Fox

By |2017-07-04T19:27:57+00:00July 4th, 2017|Recent Posts|

New Canada 150 Stamp Honour's Terry Fox Terry Fox’s sister unveils stamp honouring Canadian icon and one of Canada’s unforgettable moments of last 50 years. Judith Fox was in Newfoundland on May 25 to launch a new stamp honouring her brother’s remarkable Marathon of Hope.  Terry’s run inspired Canadians, captivated a country, and launched a lasting legacy across Canada and around the world.  Judith unveiled Canada Post’s stamp at a ceremony at St. John’s City Hall, not far from Mile 0 – the spot where the Marathon of Hope began on April 12, 1980 when Terry Fox dipped his artificial right leg into the Atlantic Ocean. Children from Roncalli Elementary in St. John’s also participated in the ceremony and proudly displayed posters explaining how Fox has inspired them to believe they can achieve whatever goals they have in life. Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope is one of the most identifiable and cherished events in Canadian history. It remains an enduring symbol of courage, selflessness and hope.

28 06, 2017

My Mt. Terry Fox Trek Experience

By |2018-08-09T17:22:04+00:00June 28th, 2017|Recent Posts|

It started as an innocent looking email from the Terry Fox Organization. I had participated in the Terry Fox Run as a kid in school, but also more recently for the last 12 years since going through my own cancer journey. I'd never done a hike to the top of a mountain of this magnitude before. I was intrigued. I soon decided I could do this and started a training plan that expanded upon my usual 10k running, but also included going up and down thousands of stairs. None of this training prepared me for the emotional journey I was about to take up Terry Fox Mountain. I consider myself very lucky in many ways, first of all for surviving cancer, but in other ways as well. I grew up in a small town in southern Ontario and I got to see Terry as he passed through our town. I was only 7 years old, but remember my brothers and I jumping on our bikes to see this 'one legged man who had cancer' and was running across Canada! I met a 'new' member of Terry's team at the bottom of the mountain only 10 minutes into my trek who seemed to be struggling a bit with his new reality. I shared my own cancer story with him and tried to leave him with a sense of optimism and hope. Little did I know that this encounter would be my source of inspiration and strength for the day's (at times) gruelling hike. As a cancer survivor, sometimes I feel all I can do to help is reach out to others to try to ease their suffering. Once we got above the tree line out in the open, we were in fog, in a cloud. This continued for the rest of the day [...]

27 02, 2017

Spring 2017 Newsletter

By |2017-03-02T18:26:30+00:00February 27th, 2017|Media Releases|

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. Watch here 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. Read More 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)! Read More 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. Read More

9 02, 2016

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

By |2017-03-02T20:13:48+00:00February 9th, 2016|Media Releases|

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 [...]

13 01, 2016

Rolly Fox, Fox Family Statement

By |2017-01-26T10:58:27+00:00January 13th, 2016|Media Releases|

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

By |2017-01-17T05:54:15+00:00September 22nd, 2015|Media Releases|

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 [...]

12 06, 2015

Terry Fox Run to Return to Confederation Bridge in 2015

By |2017-01-26T10:59:37+00:00June 12th, 2015|Media Releases|

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 [...]

4 07, 2013

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

By |2017-01-26T11:00:52+00:00July 4th, 2013|Media Releases|

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 [...]

11 09, 2012

The Terry Fox Foundation announces Governor General of Canada as Patron

By |2017-01-26T11:03:18+00:00September 11th, 2012|Media Releases|

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 [...]