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
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 [...]
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
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.
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 [...]
Terry Fox Foundation announces new Board of Directors The Terry Fox Foundation hosted its Annual General Meeting where newly elected board members gathered for the first time. At the meeting, the board of directors unanimously supported a resolution that expressed their genuine appreciation to Mr. Isadore Sharp for his dedicated service to the Marathon of Hope over the past 33 years. In recognition of his long term commitment to Terry's vision of eradicating cancer Mr. Sharp was elected to the new role of chairman emeritus to the Board. Mr. Sharp was the first Canadian corporate leader to support Terry's courageous journey and was founder of the annual run. The Marathon of Hope has raised more than half a billion dollars for cancer research. In the fall of 1980 after cancer forced Terry to return to Vancouver for treatment, Mr. Sharp proposed organizing an annual fundraising run named the "The Terry Fox Run". He wrote in a telegram to Terry: "The Marathon of Hope has just begun. You started it. We will not rest until your dream to find a cure is realized ... your courage and determination has been an inspiration to us." "Mr. Sharp's steadfast support for The Terry Fox Foundation, our volunteers, our donors and most of all, to each member of our family, from the very beginning has been a valuable and enormous contribution to the successful growth of the annual Terry Fox Run both across Canada and around the world", stated Judith Fox-Alder on behalf of the Fox family. Terry's father Rolly and Terry's three siblings, Fred, Darrell and Judi are responsible for electing board members. Further to this, the Fox family is delighted to announce the appointment of Bill Pristanski, Jim Gabel and Ara Sahakian to the TFF Board. The addition of Bill, [...]