"Today we got up at 4:00 am. As usual, it was tough. If I died, I would die happy because I was doing what I wanted to do. How many people could say that? I went out and did fifteen push-ups in the road and took off. I want to set an example that will never be forgotten."
– Terry Fox, Day 15 of the Marathon of Hope
Britt Andersen, Executive Director of The Terry Fox Foundation
This was the quote on the back of my first set of business cards when I started at The Terry Fox Foundation almost a year ago. I can’t help but feel chills when I think of the grit, determination and courage of this young man. In fact being a part of Terry’s cause leaves me with a tremendous sense of pride..
I feel pride in the millions of generous contributors, volunteers and participants who have worked so hard and given so much to make this year a success. Pride in representing such an amazing organization that does such important work and pride in how much money actually goes to our cause and mission for cancer research.
This year I was lucky enough to be able to experience the Terry Fox Run that crosses Confederation Bridge in PEI. It was an epic day for our 35th anniversary with over 6,000 people coming together for the biggest event in Canada. It was a day that I will not soon forget but there were also over 9,000 other runs taking place across Canada that embrace and celebrate Terry’s legacy and help keep alive his dream of finding a cure for cancer. The overwhelming support is humbling.
When I started with The Foundation I embraced Terry’s mission and dream for a world without cancer. With our incredible world-calibre research teams that will not only find breakthroughs that will save countless lives but also find time to participate in the run and raise a significant amount of money, I’m even more certain that we can make a difference and improve the lives of millions.
The Terry Fox Foundation
Runners taking part in the 2015 Terry Fox Run at Confederation Bridge, PEI. Photo taken by Britt Andersen.
Judith Fox-Alder (centre, in red) with Terry Fox-funded researchers at the 2015 Terry Fox Run in Stanley Park, Vancouver.