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The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI), established in 2007, invests in world-class, collaborative cancer research teams and partnerships. Together with its research and funding partners, TFRI is working to inspire the transformation of cancer research in Canada by bringing together leading cancer research and treatment organizations from coast to coast and empowering them under the framework of the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network.

Our headquarters are in Vancouver. We have regional nodes in Atlantic Canada, the Prairies, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.


Inspired by Terry Fox, we invest in highly collaborative, world-class scientific teams to drive research discoveries that improve and save the lives of cancer patients.

Research Impact

To allocate its resources, TFRI has international experts evaluate the excellence and the potential for impact of all its research projects. This approach distinguishes our research investment strategy from all others in Canada and allows donors to be confident that their investment is supporting the top five per cent of Canadian researchers and their science.

Terry Fox Research Institute and Terry Fox Foundation 

The Terry Fox Research Institute and Terry Fox Foundation work together to build on Terry’s dream to end cancer through research.

Shared Vision

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

Shared Values

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

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

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

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

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

  • Terry Fox and the Terry Fox Foundation

    Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada's west coast. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977.

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  • Partners

    Our funders, research partners and donors are critical to our success in achieving our vision. We cannot realize Terry's dream without you. For more than 30 years, millions of people worldwide have supported cancer research through the Terry Fox annual runs. These runs have raised more than $600 million worldwide for cancer research.

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  • Our People

    TFRI is led, governed and managed by its President and Scientific Director, Board of Directors, Executive and a Scientific Advisory Committee. The Executive comprises the leaders of our Regional Nodes. This team is supported by Headquarters Staff located in Vancouver, BC.

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  • Careers

    Our small but committed headquarters staff work tirelessly to ensure that our projects run smoothly and that every dollar that is donated to our research initiatives through the Terry Fox Foundation is going towards funding innovative projects that are changing the way cancer is researched and treated.

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2021-22 Facts

  • 93 Partners in Funding and Research
    Partners in Funding and Research
  • 14.1 Million Dollars for Cancer Research and Training
    Million Dollars for Cancer Research and Training
  • 35 currently funded projects for team science and research
    Currently Funded Projects for team science and research