TFRI-funded researchers showed up in full force for the 38th annual Terry Fox Run, adding a splash of purple to run sites across the country and raising a whopping $90,399.45 for cancer research.
This number, which is still an early estimate and does not include the money raised from the sale of researcher-designated purple shirts, marks a 63 per cent increase in donations from last year.
“It was great to see so many members of our research community come together to raise money for cancer research,” said Dr. Victor Ling, TFRI President and Scientific Director.
In total, a record-breaking 24 TFRI teams participated, with the Vancouver Prostate Centre team bringing in over $28,500 and taking home the coveted Terry Fox Run Challenge 2018 title. Second place went to the TFRI Headquarters team ($12,888), and third went to the Canadian Oncolytic Virus Consortium (COVCo) team, which raised $10,707.50.
Notable individual fundraisers this year included Dr. Peter Black (Vancouver Prostate Centre), who raised an incredible $19,029, Dr. Rebecca Auer (COVCo) who raised $7,105, and Dr. Ling who raised $5,765.
Dr. Ling, who gave an emotional speech to kick off the run at Stanley Park in Vancouver, was thrilled by the strong turnout and expressed his thanks to everyone who helped to make this year's team challenge and fundraising efforts so successful.
The final numbers raised this year through the annual national run are not yet known. These numbers will be released by The Terry Fox Foundation at a later date.
Below is a summary list of the TFRI teams that participated in the run and team challenge (according to online records):
NOTE: Please send us team pictures or let us know if we missed your team by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
iTNT: ImmunoTherapy Network
TFRI The MAGICians
TFRI Team Hippo
TFRI – The Gang-sters
TFRI Hypoxia Program
The Hydra Killers
TFRI Team Rottapel for Terry
Calvin's Blood Cell Crew
Vancouver Prostate Centre
Pancreas Centre BC
TFRI – Sarcoma Research
TFRI Cancer Research Training Program
Reiman Research Lab
A group of purple-clad researchers pose with members of the TFRI headquarters team at the start line of the Terry Fox Run in Stanley Park (Vancouver).
Researchers from the Glioblastoma PPG Team led by Dr. Sheila Singh (McMaster) pose at the Oakville run in Ontario.
The Lymphomaniacs led by TFRI New Investigator Dr. Robert Kridel pose before the run in Ontario.
The TFRI Pancreas Centre BC team at the Stanley Park Run (Vancouver)
Researchers from the GCRC Foxtrotters team run in Montreal.
Researchers from the Montreal Cancer Consortium sub-project led by Dr. Ian Watson pose after the run in Montreal.