The Terry Fox Run is happening this Sunday and I wanted to pass along some information about this terrific cause.
Over the next 96 hours, thousands of dedicated volunteers across Canada will be hard at work putting the final details in place for their local 36th Annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research happening this Sunday, September 18th. This non-competitive fundraiser continues to be a great Canadian tradition where families, friends and colleagues participate together to further the message that Terry promoted in 1980 – to put an end to cancer.
The Terry Fox Run relies heavily on the support of the corporate community to help advance the importance of cancer research. Terry avoided all offers of sponsorship in 1980 and even today, in a highly competitive charity fundraising market, we continue to honour his wish.
With the help of committed Run site volunteers, passionate participants, and generous donors, the small staff at the Ontario Terry Fox Foundation raised close to $11 million last year.
For more info check out http://www.terryfox.org/
Terry Fox was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) in his right leg in 1977 and had his right leg amputated 15 cm above the knee
While in the hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research and he called his journey the Marathon of Hope
Terry’s Marathon of Hope took place in 1980 with the simple objective of informing Canadians of the importance of finding a cure for cancer
With fierce determination, he ran an average of 42 kilometres every day for 143 days
Terry was forced to end his run on September 1, 1980 when the cancer spread to his lungs
By February 1, 1981, Terry’s dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was realized – the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund totaled $24.17 million
Terry died in June 1981
The Terry Fox Foundation (TFF) is a grassroots organization that does not allow the Terry Fox name or likeness to be commercialized or conjoined with other worthy causes
The Terry Fox Foundation is responsible for supporting over $20 million in discovery based research each year
The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) is the recipient of TFF funding
TFRI mission is to rapidly translate today’s best science into better cancer treatment and diagnosis for all Canadians
The Institute brings scientists and clinicians together across the country into a functionally integrated, geographically dispersed Institute with nodes in several province
Now in its 36th year 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 – over 9,000 in Canada
All runs are non-competitive, all inclusive, family oriented activities where participants can run, walk, blade or bike
Help reach Terry’s goal of raising $1 for every Canadian