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.