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.