There are few diseases as complex, or pervasive, as cancer. When Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer in 1977, the cancer research community in Canada was significantly under-funded. That scarcity of funds had serious ripple effects, from a hesitation on the part of the best and brightest minds to enter the field of cancer research, to a lack of money for even the worthiest of proposals. Terry’s Marathon of Hope was born from the realization that cancer research was severely underfunded. He believed the key to finding a cure was through research.
Since 1980, the Terry Fox Foundation has funded more than 1,200 research projects over the past four decades, covering a wide assortment of cancer sites such as lung, brain, breast, eye, prostate and more, all in pursuit of Terry’s request that the best projects receive funding whenever possible. Terry Fox researchers, renowned for their daring and innovative approach to research, have won some of the most prestigious cancer research awards nationally and internationally, such as the Robert L. Noble and Gairdner Awards.
The Foundation announced in October 2007 the creation of The Terry Fox Cancer Research Institute (TFRI). Like Terry, its mission is innovative. It is to work collaboratively to ensure that today’s best science becomes tomorrow’s affordable medicine. The TFRI supports translational cancer research, which requires organized, focused teams of researchers with a wide range of expertise to systematically achieve milestone-driven goals as quickly as possible.