The Terry Fox Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Britt Andersen as its new Executive Director, effective November 24, 2014.
“Britt comes to the Foundation at an important time, following this year’s unprecedented increase in research funding for hard-to-treat cancers and personalized care,” says William Pristanski, chair of the Terry Fox Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Britt’s people-centered values, his commitment to improving our community and his extensive experience in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors will be a tremendous asset as the foundation prepares for the 35th anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope.”
Andersen has more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of executive roles. He has held senior positions within the private sector and serves on several not-for-profit boards. Andersen was most recently the CEO of the Coast Mental Health Foundation.
For his part, Andersen is delighted to be joining the Terry Fox Foundation. “Any Canadian growing up in the 80's marveled at Terry's courage and unwavering dream of finding a cure for cancer. To me, Terry is a symbol of the very values and spirit that define this nation. I am honoured to join this remarkable team of devoted staff, volunteers and contributors dedicated to keeping Terry’s dream alive, to one day end cancer through research.”
Each year volunteers lead and organize over 9,000 Terry Fox Runs in Canada and around the world, all to honour the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising funds exclusively for cancer research. To date, these grassroots events have raised over $650 million supporting around $25 million in cancer research annually. Having already funded 1,164 projects, the Terry Fox Foundation is one of the largest non-governmental funders of cancer research in the country.
The Terry Fox Foundation maintains the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run, Terry’s CAUSE on Campus, National School Run Day and other fundraising initiatives. To date, over $650 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry Fox's name. The first Terry Fox Run was held in 1981, with The Terry Fox Foundation being created in 1988. Its national headquarters are located in Chilliwack, BC and it has offices in nine provinces. www.terryfox.org.