“Somewhere the Hurting Must Stop.”

There are few diseases as complex, or pervasive, as cancer. When Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer in 1977, the cancer research community in Canada was significantly under-funded. That scarcity of funds had serious ripple effects, from a hesitation on the part of the best and brightest minds to enter the field of cancer research, to a lack of money for even the worthiest of proposals. Terry’s Marathon of Hope was born from the realization that cancer research was severely underfunded. He believed the key to finding a cure was through research.

Since 1980, the Terry Fox Foundation has funded more than 1,200 research projects over the past four decades, covering a wide assortment of cancer sites such as lung, brain, breast, eye, prostate and more, all in pursuit of Terry’s request that the best projects receive funding whenever possible. Terry Fox researchers, renowned for their daring and innovative approach to research, have won some of the most prestigious cancer research awards nationally and internationally, such as the Robert L. Noble and Gairdner Awards.

The Foundation announced in October 2007 the creation of The Terry Fox Cancer Research Institute (TFRI). Like Terry, its mission is innovative. It is to work collaboratively to ensure that today’s best science becomes tomorrow’s affordable medicine. The TFRI supports translational cancer research, which requires organized, focused teams of researchers with a wide range of expertise to systematically achieve milestone-driven goals as quickly as possible.

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Mission Statement and History

Our Mission:
To maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run, Terry Fox School Run, as well as via memoriam donations and planned giving.

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What Sets Us Apart

For over 30 years 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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Run Policies and Guidelines

Despite Terry’s relative youth when he ran the Marathon of Hope in 1980, he showed remarkable vision in establishing many of the policies the Terry Fox Foundation abides by today.

It was Terry’s wish that his name be used strictly to reduce the cancer burden by raising funds to support discovery based research. He also asked for $1 from each of us; a simple request but one that provides us with direction and a path that we follow today.

Terry was also wary of those who wished to profit from their association with his Run, either directly or indirectly, from early on in the Marathon of Hope. In the Fall of 1980 while reflecting on the purpose of his Run earlier in the year Terry made the following statement:

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Our Team

The Terry Fox Foundation announced a new board in August 2013. The Fox family announced the appointment of three new Board members and, with these new members, expressed deep appreciation to Isadore Sharp (Toronto) for his invaluable dedication to the Marathon of Hope over the past three decades.

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