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Terry Fox Run and ​​​​​​​its impact on cancer research

Terry Fox Run and its Impact on Cancer Research

In 1980, Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist, embarked on an east to west cross-Canada run, aptly titled the ‘Marathon of Hope’.  He did so to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Fresh from a diagnosis of osteosarcoma that cost him his right leg, Terry started preparing for the Marathon of Hope after learning that cancer survival rates rely heavily on cancer research. However, his cancer returned and Terry was forced to abandon his marathon. Although cancer cost him his life, his legacy and spirit continue to live on making him a national Canadian icon.

The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown immensely and is known to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries. The run is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$750 million has been raised as of this year. The primary mission of the Terry Fox Run is to maintain the mission and vision of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer through donations and contributions.

Canadian International School (CIS), a top school in Bangalore, hosts the Terry Fox Foundation’s annual Terry Fox Run in Bangalore. We are proud to support such an iconic event for the past 6 years. The 5-kilometre run is open to the public with participants coming from in and around the country. As a non-competitive run, participants are welcome to walk, jog, bike, or run at their own pace.

Your support can truly help in keeping Terry’s legacy alive and contribute to his dream of a cancer-free world. Registration is by cash/cheque donation and all proceeds will be sent to the Terry Fox Foundation to support their efforts to find a cure for cancer. To learn more about the Terry Fox Run at Canadian International School (CIS), click here.