The Terry Fox Foundation

The Terry Fox Foundation

February 16, 2005 10:00 ET

Terry Fox Foundation Proposes Largest Event in Canadian History

Attention: Books Editor, Education Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Sports Editor BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 16, 2005) - At Terry Fox School in Brampton, Ontario, The Terry Fox Foundation announced plans to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Terry's 1980 Marathon of Hope with an ambitious national school-based initiative. The Terry Fox National School Run Day is slated to take place on Friday September 16, 2005: all schools across Canada are invited to participate in a simultaneous fundraising event: from coast to coast, Canadian students would walk, run, roll or take part in other activities to raise funds for cancer research.

In 2004, over 4800 schools in Canada held a Terry Fox Run for cancer research, a number representing almost one out of every three schools in the country. While communities in Canada all hold their Terry Fox Run on the same Sunday in September, schools traditionally have held their Terry Fox run on a date that is convenient to them during the school year. This September, for the first time, Canadian schools are being asked to synchronize their events. "In the same way the country cheered for my brother 25 years ago, the country will cheer for the next generation- Canadian youth who have seized the torch that Terry has left them. In the same way that Canada united behind Terry, The Marathon of Hope, and all that it stood for, we feel that Canadians will once again be united by the dream of a world without cancer."

Last year, over 1 million students walked, ran, or wheeled in the Terry Fox Run. The Terry Fox National School Run Day could attract up to 6 million participants - making it possibly the largest single day event in Canadian history. "We invite all who dream of a world free from the suffering caused by cancer to help us celebrate Terry's legacy of determination, and to help ensure that strides in the fight against cancer continue," said Peter Sheremeta, one of the event organizers.

Other 25th Anniversary projects include the April 12 release of Douglas Coupland's book, "Terry", coinciding with ceremonies in St. John's, Newfoundland to mark the start of Terry's incredible journey. Confederation Bridge, the 13 km span linking Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, will also be closed to traffic in order to host a Terry Fox Run.

Two days after the Terry Fox National School Run Day, the 25th Anniversary Terry Fox Run will be held in communities across Canada on Sunday, September 18, 2005.

In September 2004, a pilot project was held in the Peel region of Ontario by two school boards, the Peel School Board and the Dufferin-Peel School Board. With ever school in both boards participating, over 300 schools and 250,000 students, the pilot project was deemed a success. Out of the $8 million raised by Canadian schools in the Terry Fox Run in 2004, these two school boards raised over $1 million.

Contact Information

  • Peter Sheremeta, National Special Event Officer, Terry Fox Foundation
    Primary Phone: 888-837-7925
    Toll-Free: 888-836-9786