New tools and technology enabling greater funds for cancer research when needed most
Toronto, September 7, 2021:
The Terry Fox Foundation has announced that on Sunday, September 19, Canadians will come together once again across the country to support or participate in the 41st annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research. The event will be virtual this year, uniting dedicated supporters from coast to coast to coast in neighbourhoods across Canada as they participate in the virtual ‘Terry Fox Run. One Day. Your Way.’
“Terry had to stop his Marathon of Hope 41 years ago when his cancer returned,” says Fred Fox, Terry’s older brother. “He asked Canadians to keep on fundraising for cancer research without him so that his dream of finding a cure would one day be realized—and that is exactly what we need to do now.”
Fundraisers and donors will have access to a variety of new tools and technology to better support virtual fundraising efforts this year, including:
- A newly designed website loaded with downloadable content, engaging videos, interactive timelines, and fun activities available at terryfox.org
- A brand new Terry Fox Run mobile fundraising app available to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play that allows supporters to easily raise more money by automating outreach across mobile and social channels
- Personalized QR codes for fundraisers across the country
- Text to donate functionality to support all fundraising efforts with options to give $5, $10 or $25 by texting ‘Terry’ to 45678
- Tap to donate stations in various provinces that allow users to give $5, $10 or $20, with payments made directly to The Terry Fox Foundation in support of cancer research
“It’s important to us that our amazing volunteers and donors feel supported and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Michael Mazza, Executive Director of The Terry Fox Foundation. “We are making it as easy as possible to participate in this year’s Terry Fox Run or to sponsor one of the thousands of individuals and teams taking part.”
The impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s health care system and cancer care throughout the country has been substantial. “Cancer hasn’t taken a break and continues to deeply affect millions of people,” says Jim Woodgett, President & Scientific Director of The Terry Fox Research Institute. “Perhaps not since 1980 have we seen such a dire need for cancer research to ensure we can combat the negative effects of disrupted screenings, surgeries, and interventions for years to come.”
Canadians are encouraged to support and celebrate a favourite fall tradition that honours a national icon and makes a difference in the lives of millions of Canadians. All proceeds will fund innovative cancer research, including a bold new project called the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network — a powerful collaboration of Canada’s best cancer researchers to accelerate precision medicine by sharing knowledge and resources, and building a new, accessible cancer data platform to deliver the best possible outcome for each cancer patient, no matter where they live.
Visit terryfox.org/run to learn more, sponsor a participant, or register to fundraise.
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About The Terry Fox Foundation
The Terry Fox Foundation honours the vision and spirit of an iconic Canadian while raising critical funds for cancer research. As a leading national charitable organization, the Terry Fox Foundation plays a vital role in building community, engaging more than 20,000 passionate volunteers and 3.3 million students in nearly 10,000 annual fundraising events across the country.
People around the world of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities have been inspired by Terry’s enduring legacy. Through the generous support of our donors, partners, and volunteers, The Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $850 million and funded 1,300 innovative cancer research projects, bringing hope and health to millions of Canadians. Visit terryfox.org for more information and to learn how you can help take Terry’s Marathon of Hope across the finish line.