New Board Members Join The Terry Fox Foundation in our Biggest Try Ever for Cancer Research Burnaby BC (April 16, 2021) - The Terry Fox Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members, Stephen Bear, Angela Carmichael, Diane Dou, and John Kearsey, effective April 15, 2021. Terry said to Canadians in September 1980, “It’s got to keep going without me.” As the Foundation embarks on its biggest try ever, funding world-class research in challenging times, we are confident that this expanded board, with its impressively diverse skill set, will bring us ever closer to Terry’s dream of a world free of cancer. “We have the right people on the board to provide guidance, counsel and support to our new Executive Director Michael Mazza, who joined us just six weeks ago, and his senior management team as we move the organization to the next level,” said Bill Pristanski, Board Chair. “Each of these members are outstanding additions to our Board. They’ve each been inspired by Terry personally and we are excited about the unique expertise that they bring as we continue to evolve and lead the organization forward.” Stephen Bear (Toronto) served as a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company until his retirement in April 2013. Mr. Bear has served as a board member of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (including as Chair of the Board), Street Kids International, the Foreign Investment Advisory Committee to the Seoul government in Korea, and as a member of the United Way of Toronto Cabinet. Stephen offers his consulting and wealth of board experience to the work of the Foundation. Angela Carmichael (Toronto) is President of FleishmanHillard HighRoad. With over 20 years of communications experience, she understands the value of building [...]
The Terry Fox Foundation asks Canadians to Join us for our “biggest try ever” for Cancer Research BURNABY, April 12, 2021 - On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox started his Marathon of Hope with a fundraising goal that was deeply personal: to raise $1 million to fund a cure for all cancers. Just 24 days into his run, that incredible goal became an audacious goal: to raise $1 from every Canadian. Today, four decades later, each of us has been deeply impacted by the global pandemic in our personal lives and in our communities. The pandemic is putting Canada’s world-class research at risk, creating a funding shortfall that has already affected the cancer research community. We know the resiliency of Canadians; we take pride in our strength as a country. We have come too far to let the progress and momentum in cancer research falter. On April 12th we are asking Canadians to honour Terry’s try by donating to cancer research, and joining us as we begin asking ourselves, “What would our biggest try look like?” It can start by registering for one of our 2021 Terry Fox events and defining your biggest TRY. You can walk, run, ride, or hike – what matters most is that you fundraise for cancer research. “This past year has shown us the true value of resilience and perseverance,” says Michael Mazza, Executive Director, The Terry Fox Foundation. “It’s now our collective turn to try like Terry with our biggest try ever. We can, and must, continue what he started 41 years ago today: fundraise to help find a cure for all cancers because “Somewhere the hurting must stop.” Terry showed us his try…now it's time to bring ours. Register for a 2021 [...]
Terry Fox Foundation Appoints New Executive Director BURNABY, February 18 / – The Terry Fox Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Mazza as Executive Director, effective March 1, 2021. Mr. Mazza has a proven track record of dynamic leadership over his 25 years within health care not for profit organizations. Prior to The Terry Fox Foundation, Mr. Mazza held leadership roles at organizations that include Canadian Cancer Society, Scarborough Health Network Foundation and Renascent Foundation and has extensive experience in non-profit governance, strategy, and fundraising. He studied at University of Toronto and holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. “As we enter the post-pandemic period, the Foundation looks forward to building on the resiliency and passion of our staff and our 20,000 Community and School Run volunteers, while amplifying other revenue sources including planned giving, major gifts and monthly giving. We conducted an extensive Canada-wide search to find our next leader and are very excited about what Michael brings to the table and his enthusiastic alignment with our vision,” said Bill Pristanski, Chair of The Terry Fox Foundation Board of Directors. “As we move forward with the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network, a bold vision for Canada’s leading Cancer Centres, we believe Michael is the best person to lead this collaboration.” “Terry was an extraordinary Canadian. He inspired us all to come together when he said, “Anything’s possible if you try.” His commitment to important values like determination, generosity and helping others will be my motivation in this role,” said Michael Mazza. Under Michael’s leadership, The Terry Fox Foundation will continue to work with volunteers, fundraisers and donors to fund ground-breaking research to ensure that people with cancer have access to the best [...]
The Terry Fox Foundation Executive Director and Board of Directors In 1980, Terry Fox landed in St. John’s, Newfoundland to embark on his Marathon of Hope, an ambitious journey across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Forty years later, over $825 million has been raised in Terry’s name, with more than 10,000 Terry Fox Runs in 33 countries, 3,500,000 participants, 250,000 donors and 20,000 enthusiastic volunteers raising money for cancer research every year. Established in 1988, the Terry Fox Foundation (TFF) is a national fundraising organization with deep roots in the community and the second largest non-governmental funder of cancer research in Canada, having funded well over 1,300 cancer research projects to date. TFF raises money for cancer research primarily through the annual Terry Fox community runs and school events. Recently TFF has developed new programs to encourage memoriam donations and planned gifts, as well as an active program for major gifts. The Foundation funds the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) which invests in world-class, collaborative cancer research teams and partnerships to transform cancer research in Canada. Recently, TFF and TFRI embarked on the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centre Network, a five-year, $300 million project with the goal of accelerating the adoption of precision medicine for cancer. With one out of every two Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, now is the time to accelerate the pace of discovery and provide new hope to all cancer patients in Canada. Currently, the Terry Fox Foundation is inviting applications/nominations from outstanding business and community leaders for a new Executive Director to lead the Foundation. This is an opportunity to work with passionate employees and dedicated volunteers to build on an amazing brand that has been nurtured over the past four decades. In this challenging [...]
40 Years after Terry Fox was forced to stop his Marathon of Hope, The Terry Fox Run goes on virtually
40 Years after Terry Fox was Forced to Stop his Marathon of Hope, The Terry Fox Run Goes on Virtually "It's got to keep going without me." - Terry Fox TORONTO, September 1 / – Today, The Terry Fox Foundation honours Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope, which ended abruptly 40 years ago. While Terry was forced to stop, his dream of a world without cancer continues. “Terry said that it’s got to keep going without me, but he could never have imagined that forty years later $800 million would be raised for cancer research. Our family is so thankful for how Canadians have embraced Terry and his mission and made such an incredible impact on cancer research with their fundraising.” - Fred Fox The Foundation is proud to announce that the 40th Terry Fox Run will once again take place, safely and virtually, connecting millions across Canada and around the world on Sunday, September 20. Terry Fox Virtual Run. One Day. Your Way. “Cancer isn’t waiting for the pandemic to end and neither can we. Even with the additional challenges Canadians are facing, we need to remain committed to supporting cancer research this September.” says Ara Sahakian, Interim Executive Director The Terry Fox Foundation” While we can't run or walk together side-by-side and in-person this year, we know that Canadians are still determined to do what Terry asked of us: fundraise and donate to cancer research. The Foundation’s online platform at terryfox.org offers an easy and secure way to fundraise where participants can now also download the new Terry Fox Foundation App (powered by MoveSpring). The app offers a uniquely Terry Fox experience, with storytelling and inspiration to support Canadians on September 20th. “Cancer may have taken [...]
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary with Penguin Random House Canada TORONTO, June 23 / - The Terry Fox Foundation is pleased that Terry's legacy will continue through the Forever Terry: A Legacy in Letters and Terry Fox and Me books. We are grateful to the authors and publisher for donating proceeds to The Terry Fox Foundation to fund cancer research. - Ara Sahakian, Interim Executive Director, The Terry Fox Foundation For more information, please visit: Penguin Random House Canada
Terry Fox Foundation Opens 40th Anniversary Run, boosted with a limited-edition shoe. TORONTO, May 15 / - 40 years ago, Terry Fox set out on his Marathon of Hope not knowing how Canadians would respond to his plea “somewhere the hurting has to stop.” Canada answered his plea with Terry Fox Runs in hundreds of communities, thousands of schools, and millions of supporters across Canada. Today, the Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the first-ever virtual Terry Fox Run in 650 communities across Canada. In these uncertain times, the one certainty we have is that cancer is not waiting for COVID-19 to be over. This year, Canadians will unite in spirit, not in person, for their own version of the Run on September 20, 2020. “Terry Fox Run 2020. One Day. Your Way.” Millions of Terry Foxers will continue to honour Terry, aided by new technology that will enhance the virtual participation experience by providing a way to “get fundraising, get inspired and get fit.” The Foundation urges all Canadians to register for this year's Run, starting May 20, by visiting https://terryfox.org/run/ Adding to the excitement of this special 40th Anniversary year, adidas Canada has harkened back to their storied history with Terry by announcing a limited edition nine-piece collection of Terry Fox merchandise, including the release of the original Orion running shoes. All net proceeds of the collection will go to The Terry Fox Foundation to support the best and brightest in Canadian cancer research. In addition, those who register for this year’s Run before May 31st will be entered into a draw to win a limited edition ORION shoes. “The Foundation is honoured that adidas Canada continues their support with such an incredible initiative,” remarked the Foundation’s Interim Executive Director, Ara [...]
COVID-19 Update At The Terry Fox Foundation, our volunteers, donors and supporters are part of our extended family. We are thinking about everyone’s safety and health as COVID-19 changes life as we know it. We wanted to let you know that we are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you updated on any impact this pandemic may have on Terry Fox activities. 40 years ago, Terry asked us all to come together as a nation, to inspire each other for a greater good. Today, while we cannot come together physically for now, we can continue his example of thinking of others. In these trying times thank you for taking care of your families, yourself and each other. Please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website for more information regarding COVID-19. Thank you, The Team at The Terry Fox Foundation
Thank You! Terry's niece's Jessie and Kirsten give thanks to all our wonderful holiday supporters. To see how your donations are helping fund life changing cancer research please click here.
Happy Holidays Terry's nieces, Kirsten and Jessie, would like to share a special holiday message, please enjoy.
Maple Bear Schools - Sharing Terry's message around the globe. This year in support of our International program, Maple Bear Global Schools came together to hold Terry Fox Run events across the globe in three countries (Brazil, Vietnam and Singapore) where over 70 schools took part raising awareness and over $150,000 for cancer research! In Singapore over 1000 pre-schoolers participated in a Little Fox Run Fox, and, they exceeded their fundraising goal of 100,000 Singapore dollars. In Brazil over 35 schools held events while the Maple Bear school in Hanoi Vietnam held their second successful Run. We are so humbled and excited to see kids from all over the globe come together in Terry's name. Go Maple Bear!
Meet Ethan, an incredible young man following in Terry's footsteps. 40 years after Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean beginning his Marathon of Hope, a young boy from from Newfoundland set out on his own fundraising adventure. Meet 7 year old Ethan Smallwood from Clarke's Beach, NL. This Halloween Ethan decided to do something very different - instead of asking for candy this incredible young man instead went door to door (dressed as his idol Terry Fox) asking for donations to The Terry Fox Foundation. Through his selfless efforts and the incredible generosity of Canadians (he has received over 500 donations from coast to coast) we are honoured to report that as of today Ethan has raised over $25,000 for cancer reserach. Ethan's mom wasn't surprised when he announced his intentions. "He's an old soul, always thinking of others." says Candice Smallwood. "When he was 2 he would go the nursing home to visit my Nan but would end up playing with all the seniors, making them all feel better". In regards to his fundraising efforts Ethan humble states, "it's the least I could do given everything that Terry did while battling cancer". "He's my hero" Ethan told the Saltwire News network "He has a good heart." Ethan's interest in Terry began when he learned about him in kindergarten two years ago. Today his room is filled with posters and books dedicated to his hero. He even created a "Terry Fox leg" to bring to show his class in Kindergarten. Recently Ethan received an unexpected Skype call from none other than Terry's brother Fred Fox. "Terry would be so proud of what you're doing and Terry never, ever could have imagined that young kids like you who are inspired by him are keeping [...]
A special thank you from Fred Fox Fred Fox, Terry’s older brother travels to schools across Canada every year, sharing his family’s message of hope. See Fred’s heartfelt message of thanks to the students, educators and volunteers who make the Terry Fox School Run such a special day.
Terry Fox International grant awarded to researcher looking to personalize treatment for infants with brain cancer For years, most children under the age of three diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer known as medulloblastoma have been treated with a “one-size-fits-all” therapy that, while effective in removing brain tumours, often leaves them with irreversible brain damage. Luckily, new technologies are bringing hope to these children. Recent advances in the field of genomics have allowed doctors to understand that not all medulloblastomas are the same, and that not all children need aggressive therapies to get better. These technologies are also helping a new Terry Fox International Grant awardee from Argentina to see exactly which children will benefit from a less aggressive therapy that has shown great success in treating the disease. “In Argentina, we treat infants under the age of three with medulloblastoma using a de-escalated regimen that’s very similar to what is used to treat leukemia and that has excellent results in many patients,” said Dr. Lorena Baroni (Hospital Garrahan, Buenos Aires, Argentina). “My goal for this project is to use molecular analysis on samples brought from Argentina to see if there are any molecular indicators that can predict exactly which kids will benefit from this de-escalated strategy.” Dr. Baroni’s grant is funded by Terry Fox Runs held at international schools around the world, including her hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The grant will allow her to use high-grade sequencers at the SickKids Hospital in Toronto to perform the molecular analyses needed to perform her research, while also allowing her to verify this data by comparing it with samples collected in 10 different centres around the world. By the end of the project, she hopes to be able to create a protocol that could help improve survival rates [...]
YOU DID IT WILL!!!! 94 year old Will Dwyer's goal was to raise $1 million for The Terry Fox Foundation, and this September he officially did it! Over the past 39 years (he's never missed a Run) Will has raised over $1,000,000 for cancer research. However this might be the last year he's able to get out and fundraise. Will has cancer, but like Terry that didn't slow him down. Will was out almost daily around the city to canvass different neighbourhoods on foot. He went door-to-door, visiting almost every house. He's even fallen several times, but just got right back up and kept going. Like Terry indeed. Will's mission also touches home, having lost two sons and his mother to cancer. "What keeps you going?" Will's son asks "To find a cure for cancer" has always been his reply. Will we are so, so grateful for your efforts... Donate to Will
"My Students call me Mme. Terry Fox!" I was 25 when I first heard the name Terry Fox. I’d just moved to Port Cartier, Quebec to begin a career in teaching and was following Terry’s journey. Shortly after Terry was forced to stop his Run near Thunder Bay, CTV's Lloyd Roberston hosted a telethon and asked the nation to “do something spontaneous for Terry”. I was inspired and compelled to act, so I gathered a friend and ten of my students from Riverview School in Port Cartier, Quebec to join a “Run for Terry”. I’ll be doing my 40th this year and haven’t missed one since 1980. Terry’s name was new to me back then, but cancer wasn’t. My Dad died of lung cancer in 1976 when he was only 43, which still seems impossibly young. At that time, cancer was such a mystery and treatments were unrefined. I’ve remained committed to The Terry Fox Foundation because I see their research continuing to improve and contributing to better patient outcomes. I truly believe that the advancements made possible by research would have benefitted my Dad if he were being treated today. I recently decided to create a gift in my will for The Terry Fox Foundation, which wasn’t spontaneous, but is incredibly meaningful to me. As a long-time volunteer, donor, and fundraiser to this organization, I know that research takes time and understand that each step matters in achieving a goal. The gift in my will is one of those steps and a tribute to the people I’ve lost to cancer and the patients I’ll never meet. As a long time Terry Fox’er, I’m proud to be a part of the past, present, and future of this organization and Terry’s dream. If you’ve ever thought about creating a [...]
Meet Aiden: Hockey Player and 10 Year Cancer Survivor Diagnosed with bladder cancer at only 10 weeks old, Aiden’s family knew that he would have a long road ahead. Aiden endured 42 weeks of chemotherapy treatment and surgery to remove the tumor. Six months later, his cancer came back, resulting in another surgery and more chemo and radiation. Fast forward to 2019 and Aiden is now 12 with a passion for hockey. A loyal Ottawa Senators fan, he loves cheering on his team, but also hitting the ice himself. Aiden continues to stay positive and challenge himself to reach new heights and overcome obstacles just like his hero Terry Fox. Aiden shares his story today with everyone he meets in the hopes that he too will inspire greater fundraising for cancer research so that other people won’t have to go through what he did. Aiden is proud to be the 2019 Terry Fox School Ambassador.
Happy Holidays Terry's nieces, Kirsten and Jessie, would like to share a special holiday message, please enjoy.
Fred Fox visits NYC - another amazing Run! "The 25th annual New York City Terry Fox Run was so fantastic. So great to be in Central Park with about 3000 other Terry Fox supporters. Ken Ottenbreit, Jeff Berman and Tom Madden, along with the committee members and volunteers do an amazing job. It was a wet morning, but in Terry's spirit and the weather he ran through in 1980, participants didn't mind a little rain to come out in the commitment to raise funds for cancer research. It was so nice to meet so many Canadians that now call NY home and have participated here for years, but also Americans who are inspired by Terry's story. Lots of team participation here in NY, cool to see many Canadian university alumni groups participating. Met with a few teams, the Four Seasons Hotel, CIBC, City Squash, Star Mountain Capital. It was special to finally meet Dick Traum who planted that seed in Terry's mind after reading an article about Dick running the NYC marathon as an amputee. So amazing to see the strength of Terry's legacy here in New York City. Over $3 million raised since year one. The funds raised here support cancer research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre and are making a difference in the lives of many. Just what Terry wanted, but never realizing the reach around the world his story and sacrifice would have 38 years after the Marathon of Hope. Thank you to good Saskatchewan boy, Ken Ottenbreit for your initial hard work and dedication to start the TF Run in New York City and your continued commitment to Terry's dream. It was great to finally meet you Ken, thank you for the invite to NY." - Fred Fox Click to see next [...]
Terry would be so proud... As someone who loved a challenge, Terry would have been the first person at the Brantford Terry Fox Run finish line to fist-bump Luca as he completed his first ever fundraising walk this year. Luca is deafblind - but like Terry, he's a pretty hard guy to slow down. Participating in the Brantford Terry Fox Run was an It’s My Life SMART goal for Luca, devised by his Intervenor Services team with input from his parents. The goal reflected Luca’s love of the outdoors and being out in his community, the desire to give back to his community and being involved in a fundraiser. Luca spent months preparing, creating flyers to put up in the Resource Centre and in the community to educate others about the charity event. He also canvassed for donations with the original goal of $200. He ended up raising a remarkable $578. A super cool touch ... Luca, roommates Daniel and Dorell, and Tamara had T-shirts made with Terry Fox spelled in American Sign Language for the event. Thank you to the Canadian Deafblind Association of Ontario for the photos. Click here for next story
Meet John - he's kinda awesome John Hopkins was working in Winnipeg when he first heard about the young man running across Canada. “To know a man on one leg made it half way was extraordinary” John shares. “And his efforts have united Canada with so many runs done in his name.” Terry’s eventual death had a strong impact on John. John began volunteering, with his wife Helen, for the Terry Fox Run in Richmond, BC in 1986. Richmond is the community where he and his wife Helen made a home, raised their son, and took part in their first Terry Fox Run. Later, it was where he also first felt personally impacted by cancer. In 1999 Helen was diagnosed with lymphoma, and so began a twelve-year journey with cancer. Like many people faced with a life-threatening illness, they wanted all the information they could get. Through research and conversations with Helen’s doctors, they quickly learned how complicated and unpredictable cancer is. The number of treatment options were limited and for many cancer types, there was a “one size fits all” approach. After being treated for lymphoma, Helen underwent two operations for breast cancer and then melanoma of the eye, which metastasized to her liver. The cancer wouldn’t let up. Helen passed away five years ago. She died in the palliative care facility she helped set up at Richmond Hospital where she worked. John and Helen were married for 49 years and loved each other deeply but unfortunately John’s cancer journey doesn’t end there. Two years ago, John was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. After two successful operations, he is now a cancer survivor – and has the Terry Fox red t-shirt to prove it! He knows there were people with the same cancer who came before him [...]
Win Toronto Rock goalie Brandon Miller's custom mask Brandon Miller is a long-time Terry Fox Run participant and childhood cancer survivor. He is also the goalie for the Toronto Rock lacrosse team. This year he has joined together with a well known graphic designer, David Arrigo, to design a special “Terry Fox” mask, to pay tribute to his greatest hero. On the back of the mask are the names of young cancer patients and survivors who inspire Brandon and the Foundation every day with their courage and perseverance. Brandon and the Rock are planning to auction it off at the end of the season to raise funds for cancer research. A $20 donation gives you one participation ballot in the draw to win this one-of-a-kind mask! The draw will take place at the Toronto Rock's final home game of the season on Friday April 13, 2018. Support Brandon's efforts
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 [...]
Meet Jordan Lea - A Terry Fox 360 Participant On August 12th, Terry Fox’s brother Darrell and his Road of Hope cycling team will cycle 360km from Sun Peaks to Mt. Terry Fox raising funds for cancer research. With the event just around the corner, we thought we would share the story of one of it's participants, Jordan Lea. Jordan is one of the most inspirational athletes out there. In 1994, Jordan was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The cancer took four years to cure and completely changed his life. Following the cancer, he competed as an ultra athlete in more than ten marathons, five ultra-marathons, four Ironman triathlons, and an Ultraman triathlon. In 2004, a bone infection appeared in his left foot that he would fight—enduring intense rounds of IV antibiotics, hospitalizations and surgeries—for the next nine years. In January of 2012, his doctors attempted a trans-metatarsal (front of the foot) amputation to remove the infection. In spite of this, the infection recurred nine months later, leaving his body in septic shock. A trans-tibia amputation (just below the knee) was considered the best and possibly only option to eradicate the infection and return to an active life. Since his amputation, he has supported other amputees through public speaking engagements and one-on-one mentorships. In 2014, eighteen months post-amputation, he returned to competition after eight years of illness and recovery. You can meet Jordan, Darrell and all of the other incredible riders at this year's Terry Fox 360. This year the Road of Hope Team is looking to surpass it's 2016 total of $40K! To support Jordan, Darrel and the rest of the riders or to learn more about the event please click the button below. Learn More
New Canada 150 Stamp Honour's Terry Fox Terry Fox’s sister unveils stamp honouring Canadian icon and one of Canada’s unforgettable moments of last 50 years. Judith Fox was in Newfoundland on May 25 to launch a new stamp honouring her brother’s remarkable Marathon of Hope. Terry’s run inspired Canadians, captivated a country, and launched a lasting legacy across Canada and around the world. Judith unveiled Canada Post’s stamp at a ceremony at St. John’s City Hall, not far from Mile 0 – the spot where the Marathon of Hope began on April 12, 1980 when Terry Fox dipped his artificial right leg into the Atlantic Ocean. Children from Roncalli Elementary in St. John’s also participated in the ceremony and proudly displayed posters explaining how Fox has inspired them to believe they can achieve whatever goals they have in life. Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope is one of the most identifiable and cherished events in Canadian history. It remains an enduring symbol of courage, selflessness and hope.
It started as an innocent looking email from the Terry Fox Organization. I had participated in the Terry Fox Run as a kid in school, but also more recently for the last 12 years since going through my own cancer journey. I'd never done a hike to the top of a mountain of this magnitude before. I was intrigued. I soon decided I could do this and started a training plan that expanded upon my usual 10k running, but also included going up and down thousands of stairs. None of this training prepared me for the emotional journey I was about to take up Terry Fox Mountain. I consider myself very lucky in many ways, first of all for surviving cancer, but in other ways as well. I grew up in a small town in southern Ontario and I got to see Terry as he passed through our town. I was only 7 years old, but remember my brothers and I jumping on our bikes to see this 'one legged man who had cancer' and was running across Canada! I met a 'new' member of Terry's team at the bottom of the mountain only 10 minutes into my trek who seemed to be struggling a bit with his new reality. I shared my own cancer story with him and tried to leave him with a sense of optimism and hope. Little did I know that this encounter would be my source of inspiration and strength for the day's (at times) gruelling hike. As a cancer survivor, sometimes I feel all I can do to help is reach out to others to try to ease their suffering. Once we got above the tree line out in the open, we were in fog, in a cloud. This continued for the rest of the day [...]
Terry Fox Foundation announces new Board of Directors The Terry Fox Foundation hosted its Annual General Meeting where newly elected board members gathered for the first time. At the meeting, the board of directors unanimously supported a resolution that expressed their genuine appreciation to Mr. Isadore Sharp for his dedicated service to the Marathon of Hope over the past 33 years. In recognition of his long term commitment to Terry's vision of eradicating cancer Mr. Sharp was elected to the new role of chairman emeritus to the Board. Mr. Sharp was the first Canadian corporate leader to support Terry's courageous journey and was founder of the annual run. The Marathon of Hope has raised more than half a billion dollars for cancer research. In the fall of 1980 after cancer forced Terry to return to Vancouver for treatment, Mr. Sharp proposed organizing an annual fundraising run named the "The Terry Fox Run". He wrote in a telegram to Terry: "The Marathon of Hope has just begun. You started it. We will not rest until your dream to find a cure is realized ... your courage and determination has been an inspiration to us." "Mr. Sharp's steadfast support for The Terry Fox Foundation, our volunteers, our donors and most of all, to each member of our family, from the very beginning has been a valuable and enormous contribution to the successful growth of the annual Terry Fox Run both across Canada and around the world", stated Judith Fox-Alder on behalf of the Fox family. Terry's father Rolly and Terry's three siblings, Fred, Darrell and Judi are responsible for electing board members. Further to this, the Fox family is delighted to announce the appointment of Bill Pristanski, Jim Gabel and Ara Sahakian to the TFF Board. The addition of Bill, [...]