"My quest would not be a selfish one... Somewhere the hurting must stop... and I was determined to take myself to the limit for this cause." Terry Fox

The Terry Fox Foundation - Mission

"To maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run, National School Run Day, as well as via memoriam donations and planned gifts."

General Information:

The Terry Fox Foundation (TFF) was established in 1988 to maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for innovative cancer research in an annual event known as The Terry Fox Run.
The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) and The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) are the sole beneficiaries of the funds raised in Canada. The Foundation is a registered charitable organization under the Income Tax Act and, accordingly, is exempt from income taxes. The Terry Fox Foundation is the second largest non-government fundraiser for cancer research in Canada.
Unlike many non-profit organizations, the Foundation does not offer corporate sponsorship opportunities. Instead of exchanging profile for dollars, all funds raised by The Terry Fox Foundation result from the thousands of communities, schools and corporations who hold Terry Fox Runs or special events for cancer research and from memorial, celebratory and planned giving by individuals. The backbone of the organization are the dedicated volunteers who are the primary reason why the Foundation is able to break fundraising records year after year.
There are thirty countries around the world hosting annual Terry Fox Runs, including Cuba, China, Ireland, Afghanistan, and the USA. To date, over $550 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry's name.

The Terry Fox Foundation is raising more than just money for cancer research; it raises the bar for non-profit fundraising accountability.


The following is a list of Stakeholders related to the Terry Fox Foundation limited to the British Columbia area.

Board of Directors:

The Board of Directors manages the business affairs of the Foundation. They are elected by the shareholders and are responsible for managing top management employees, financial statements, strategic planning, and they participate in all major decisions that would impact the Foundation.

Terry Fox Research Institute:

The Terry Fox Research Institutehas seen a commitment from the Terry Fox Foundation of a minimum of $50 million (CAN) over five years from donations obtained during the 25th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope. The Institute's very existence depends upon donations received from the Terry Fox Foundation. The TFRI has the responsibility to oversee its entire cancer research portfolio, working in collaboration with provincial and national agencies, including the Canadian Institutes for Health Research ("CIHR").


The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) is a branch of the Federal Government that is responsible for issuing grants and awards for Cancer research. They work in close correlation with the Terry Fox Research Institute and rely on funding from the Terry Fox Foundation.

Educational Institutions:

Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia are two educational institution stakeholders of the Terry Fox Foundation. These Universities educate and train people in areas specific to Cancer research. These people will go on to have careers in medicine and possibly require funding for research from the Foundation.

Society at Large:

In Canada particularly, the Terry Fox Foundation is fully supported by society at large. The success of the National School Run Day and the annual Terry Fox Run is testament to this. The Foundation wouldn't exist without society's participation, support and confidence in it. Society at large also benefits from the research which has helped to improve the Cancer survival rate amoung other things.


The following listing are agencies, hospitals and research centres within the province of British Columbia who receive funding from and are partners with the Terry Fox Research Institute:
Their role as stakeholders would be joint-venture participants. The successes and failures of the TFF has a direct impact on their existence.

The Media:

The media is a contributing stakeholder to the Terry Fox Foundation in it's coverage of events such as the Terry Fox Run. The TFF must keep it's squeaky clean image in order to receive good media coverage and support from the public. This media coverage keeps the public at large informed of the good work the foundation does. The following is a link to recent media attention and Press Releases.