The Terry Fox Foundation Donor Story

From Terry’s legacy to yours:

Dreams are made possible if you TRY like Terry

Mark Mahl, Manager, Western Region, Philanthropy
Terry Fox Foundation

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This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope. Since then, over $800 million has been raised to support cancer research in Terry’s name.

When Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean he had one goal: to raise a million dollars for cancer research. Humble but determined, he chose to live a life of action, a life of change, a life of purpose. And now that purpose lives on in supporters of the Terry Fox Foundation. Our shared commitment to his dream of a world free of cancer is exactly what Terry was hoping for when he was forced to end the Marathon of Hope. It was the end of his journey but the beginning of ours.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope, and throughout the challenges of 2020, we are grateful that our supporters continue to “Try Like Terry.” When our supporters leave a legacy gift—whether it’s RRSPs, life insurance or a gift of cash or securities in their Will—they can be certain that family and friends will benefit from the Foundation’s commitment to driving cancer research forward.

Meet Debbie Laurie: A legacy donor, volunteer and run organizer:

“I first heard the name Terry Fox in 1980 just after I moved to Port Cartier, Quebec, to begin a career in teaching. One evening, after Terry was forced
to stop his run near Thunder Bay, CTV’s Lloyd Robertson hosted a telethon and asked the nation to “do something spontaneous for Terry.” I was inspired by Terry who wasn’t much younger than I was, and I knew all too well how horrific cancer can be. My father, Ben, had died of lung cancer in 1976 at the age of 43—which seemed impossibly young. When I heard about Terry’s mission, I was inspired and compelled to act, so I gathered a friend and ten of my students to join a “Run for Terry.” I haven’t missed a single year since then and completed my 40th run in Terry’s honour in September 2019.

“I recently decided to create a gift in my Will for The Terry Fox Foundation, which wasn’t a spontaneous act but is incredibly meaningful to me. As a long-time volunteer, donor and fundraiser for this organization, I know that research takes time and understand, as Terry did, that each step matters on the path to achieving a goal. The gift in my Will is one of those steps and a tribute to the people I’ve lost to cancer and the patients I’ll never meet.”

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