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TFRI News | October 01, 2018

2018 Terry Fox Run Challenge: TFRI teams show immense support, raise over $90k for research

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

GCRC Foxtrotters

iTNT: ImmunoTherapy Network
COVCo Team
TFRI Team Hippo
TFRI – The Gang-sters
TFRI Hypoxia Program
The Hydra Killers
TFRI Team Rottapel for Terry
LFS Central
Calvin's Blood Cell Crew

British Columbia
Vancouver Prostate Centre
TFRI Headquarters
Pancreas Centre BC
TFRI – Sarcoma Research
Lung Team

Nova Scotia
TFRI Cancer Research Training Program

New Brunswick
Reiman Research Lab


Headquarters Team
 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).

TFRI GBM 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. 

TFRI Pancreas Centre BC
The TFRI Pancreas Centre BC team at the Stanley Park Run (Vancouver)

GRC Foxtrotters 2
Researchers from the GCRC Foxtrotters team run in Montreal.

MCC Team
Researchers from the Montreal Cancer Consortium sub-project led by Dr. Ian Watson pose after the run in Montreal.