Our Mission

Our Mission

Driven by Terry’s courage and determination, we collaborate with and inspire people around the world to support and fundraise for bold, extraordinary research to end cancer.  

Our Vision

Bringing Canadians together to realize Terry Fox’s dream of a world without cancer.

Our Values

Guided by Terry’s strong moral principles, we are committed to responsible fundraising, strategic investing, and transparent reporting.

Terry believed in science. Our supporters help fund the best and brightest Canadian researchers and their science for the greatest potential impact and results.

Anyone can be a part of Terry’s Marathon of Hope. We value, respect and recognize all volunteers, donors, and partners.

Terry never quit and neither will we until we realize a world without cancer.

Inspired by Terry’s innovative spirit, we work to push boundaries and redefine the possible.

History of The Terry Fox Foundation

Terry Fox was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) in his right leg in 1977 and had his leg amputated 15 cm (six inches) above the knee. While in 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. 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 (26 miles) 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.

What sets us apart: Our research, our values, our determination, and you.

For over four decades, The Terry Fox Foundation has worked to achieve Terry’s vision – a world without cancer. Our researchers, our staff and our thousands of volunteers are determined to reach that goal. We strive daily to uphold Terry’s ideals and values in everything we do – and we always will.

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