TFRI-funded researchers showed up in full force for the 39th annual Terry Fox Run, adding a splash of purple to run sites across the country and raising a whopping $79,143.69 (so far!) for cancer research.
“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. "Although we are closing this year's challenge, we continue to accept donations and hope to raise even more money for cancer research."
In total, a record-breaking 32 TFRI teams participated in the Terry Fox Challenge, the friendly competition which pits research teams against each other to see which can raise the most funds. For the second year in a row, the Vancouver Prostate Centre team won the challenge, raising over $25,800 for cancer research. Second place went to the Canadian Oncolytic Virus Consortium (COVCo) team, which raised $15,210, and third went to the TFRI HQ team ($5825). A notable mention also goes out to Montreal Cancer Consortium, which participated in the run for the first time and raised over $5k for cancer research.
Notable individual fundraisers this year included Dr. Peter Black (Vancouver Prostate Centre), who raised an incredible $17,815, Dr. Rebecca Auer (COVCo) who raised $10,600.
Dr. Ling 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.
Vancouver Prostate Centre
Pancreas Centre BC
iTNT: ImmunoTherapy Network
TFRI The MAGICians
TFRI Team Hippo
TFRI – The Gang-sters
TFRI Hypoxia Tumour Microenvironment
Make Brain Tumours History
TFRI - Sarcoma Runners
TFRI - Labo Stagg
Montreal Cancer Consortium
TFRI - Team Reiman
BHCRI Team for Cancer Research
PROFYLE St. John's
Research teams pose for a group shot at the Terry Fox Run in Stanley Park (Vancouver)
The Make Brain Tumours History Team led by Dr. Sheila Sing poses with MP Pam Damoff (wearing the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network jersey) in Oakville, ON.
The Montreal Cancer Consortium team poses for a shot during the Terry Fox Run in Montreal.
Blooderunners team led by Dr. Aly Karsan in Stanley Park (Vancouver).
COVCo team poses during the Terry Fox Run in Ottawa.
The TFRI Tumour Microenvironment team poses in Toronto.
A collage of the multiple Terry Fox PROFYLE teams that participated in runs across the country.
Dr. Mathieu Lupien's Triple Negative Breast Cancer Team poses during a run in Toronto.
The Vancouver Prostate Cancer team led by Dr. Peter Black pose in Stanley Park (Vancouver). The team won the Terry Fox Challenge for the second year in a row!
Dr. Robert Kridel and his Lymphomaniacs pose before they run in Toronto.
Members of Team Hippo also pose in Toronto.
The TFRI Headquarters team led by Dr. Victor Ling poses before the run in Stanley Park (Vancouver)
Dr. Veronique Ouellet and her family get ready for the run in Montreal.