Launched in October 2007, TFRI is the brainchild of the Terry Fox Foundation. TFRI involves collaboration between cancer hospitals and research organizations across Canada, and will occur initially in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. TFRI will support translational cancer research projects with the potential to significantly improve the health of cancer patients.
TFRI is organized into functionally integrated yet geographically dispersed nodes. Regional cancer hospitals and research organizations participate in each node by providing space for researchers and by arranging for the participation of cancer patients in research projects. At each node, two node co-ordinators provide leadership, and bring together local scientific and clinical research teams to propose and manage specific projects.
The TFRI headquarters team liaises with the TFRI nodes and provides direction, co-ordination and facilitates communication across the entire organization.
The Terry Fox Foundation has committed a minimum of $50 million (CAN) over five years from donations obtained during the 25th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope and from new funds anticipated and those raised since 2005. Other partners sharing the same vision are being sought who will be asked to commit additional resources to support the ongoing work of the TFRI.