27 07, 2018

Terry Fox PROFYLE

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 [...]

23 11, 2017

Terry Fox PROFYLE

By |2018-11-15T01:42:42+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 [...]

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 [...]