The Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research
Sept 18, 2016 By Condor’s Team
Condor’s professional security staff are invited to join together to battle cancer!
A team comprised of Condor staff and any of their family and friends who wish to join will be participating in the upcoming annual Terry Fox Run on Sept. 18, 2016. Many organizations and groups participate every year, and often many will dedicate their efforts to a colleague who has battled cancer. This serves as both a reminder of the devastating effect of this disease, as well as an urgent call to action.
Who is Terry Fox?
Terry Fox was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) in his right leg in 1977 and had his leg amputated 15 cm (six inches) above the knee. While in the hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the Marathon of Hope.
Terry’s Marathon of Hope took place in 1980 with the simple objective of informing Canadians of the importance of finding a cure for cancer. With fierce determination, he ran an average of 42 kilometres (26 miles) every day for 143 days. Terry was forced to end his run on September 1, 1980 when the cancer spread to his lungs. By February 1, 1981, Terry’s dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was realized – the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund totaled $24.17 million. Terry died in June 1981.
Why should I run?
The Terry Fox Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable public foundation responsible for supporting close to $20 million per year in discovery-based cancer research in Canada.
To date, over $650 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name. Of every dollar raised, 84 cents goes directly to cancer research. The Terry Fox Foundation is one of the largest non-governmental funders of cancer research in the country, funding many different types of cancers; current multi-year studies include lung, ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic, oral, liver, oncolytic viruses and many more. 1,152 cancer research projects have been funded to date by The Foundation.
What is the Terry Fox Run?
The Terry Fox Run is an annual program which provides a great opportunity for people of all ages & backgrounds to participate in large marathon events while campaigning for voluntary charitable sponsorships and raising funds for a common cause: to promote awareness of cancer, its effects and its treatments, and to assist in raising funds for cancer research via the Terry Fox Foundation.
Why did Condor choose to Support the Terry Fox Run?
Terry Fox, at only 18 years old, had the determination of a lion and did something many would consider impossible. His challenging run required strong dedication and perseverance, and still inspires millions to this day. Terry’s dream to help others supports Canadian values, and those that follow in his footsteps every year by joining the Terry Fox Run push forward in the fight against cancer.
Condor Security believes strongly in the value of Social Commitment and has contributed to a number of charitable organizations in supporting cancer research, such as the Ride to Conquer Cancer. For Condor’s Staff, time spent participating in the Terry Fox Run counts towards the 18 hours of volunteer service in the Condor Evolution Program.