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TFRI News | May 09, 2023

Terry Fox Run registration is open! Drs. Jim Woodgett and André Veillette share what research teams need to know

Dear TFRI and MOHCCN Colleagues,

On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean, marking the beginning of the Marathon of Hope. Forty-three years later, his dream of ending cancer through research remains alive thanks to the incredible efforts of Canadians, including you, our funded researchers and clinicians who work tirelessly to find new ways to improve the lives of cancer patients.
We invite you to register for this year’s Terry Fox Run, which will take place on Sunday, September 17, and submit your #DearTerry message at We also invite you to participate in our annual Terry Fox Run Challenge!

As many of you may know, our Terry Fox Run Challenge is a friendly competition among our research teams to determine who can raise the most money for cancer research in a given year. Last year, researchers funded by TFRI and the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network met this challenge and then some! Together, we all helped raise nearly $197,000 for cancer research. This shattered our previous record of $125,000! Our sincere thanks to each of you who made this possible. A special shoutout to the members of the Vancouver Prostate Cancer team, who raised an incredible $93,755 and (once again!) took home top honours.

How to register for the 2023 Terry Fox Run

To register your research team (families and friends can register as well!) for the 2023 Terry Fox Run and to join the challenge, please have a team member visit the team sign up page on the Terry Fox Foundation website and complete the process. To help identify TFRI and MOHCCN research teams, please submit your team’s name as “TFRI - <team name>” or “MOHCCN - <team name>”. Then, share your team’s name with potential team members, and invite them to register, join and start fundraising!

Purple t-shirts are on sale!

Over the past few weeks, you have probably seen beloved Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds promoting this year’s Terry Fox Run t-shirt. The shirt features heartfelt messages Terry received, both past and present, and celebrates how his story and legacy continues to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in Canada and worldwide.
We encourage cancer researchers funded by TFRI and the MOHCCN to purchase a purple run t-shirt, which signifies you are a funded cancer researcher. These t-shirts ensure our researchers are clearly visible on run day, providing inspiration to cancer survivors and reminding the general public that cancer research is what Terry’s cause is all about. This year’s purple t-shirts are available to order through the Terry Fox Foundation’s website. 

We are excited to take this opportunity to show Canadians, cancer patients and the entire world that we are the #TeamCanadaOfCancerResearch.
We hope you will consider registering for the run, fundraising for the Terry Fox Foundation and joining our Run Challenge. As Terry said back in 1980, it is up to us to keep the Marathon of Hope going, and we look for forward to doing this together.
Thank you, and we hope to see you in person and virtually for this year’s run!
With Best Wishes,

Dr. Jim Woodgett,
TFRI President and Scientific Director 

Dr. André Veillette,
MOHCCN Executive Director

Links Spring 2023 - Purple t-shirt