Marathon of Hope - 1980

“There will be a time in the not too distant future when we, the generation that were Marathon of Hope witnesses, will not be able to share our personal accounts of how Terry moved us and why."
- Betty Fox

Terry Fox Centre

The Terry Fox Centre will be “a place for all things Terry”— featuring artifacts from Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope to tell his story and to share his dream of raising money for cancer research. The Centre will further the work of the Terry Fox Foundation, reflect the innovations in cancer research made through the Terry Fox Research Institute and inspire visitors to carry Terry’s dream forward.

The Centre will be a place where people will experience Terry’s values of courage, determination and humility. Visitors to the Centre will have a transformative experience – they will be entertained, informed and inspired.

We are a volunteer board who work to preserve the artifacts from the Marathon of Hope, and continue telling Terry’s story.


Even if I don't finish, we need others to continue.
It's got to keep going.

-Terry Fox

The Terry Fox Centre (the “Centre”) is a not‐for‐profit corporation established with the objective of ensuring the legacy of Terry Fox lives on and is shared with future generations in Canada and around the world. The Centre is envisioned to house artifacts and memorabilia from Terry’s 1980 Marathon of Hope. It will function as a conduit to cancer education and research by connecting the public (young and old), donors (current and future), and researchers (Canadian and International).

Terry’s selfless commitment inspires us in our daily lives and galvanizes us in the fight against cancer.



Visitors from all over the world, but especially Canada, will emerge from the Centre with a deeper understanding of Terry Fox’s story. Terry’s determination and spirit inspired Canadians during the Marathon of Hope and his memory continues to inspire people around the world to fulfill his dream of finding a cure for cancer. Visitors’ will express this through:

• Increased personal connection to Terry Fox

• Increased understanding of cancer and cancer treatment, as well as a positive outlook for the future of cancer treatment

• Increased personal actions in support and appreciation of cancer research

• And increased personal courage in their daily lives.



Terry Fox Research Institute

The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) is the brainchild of The Terry Fox Foundation. The Institute seeks to improve significantly the outcomes of cancer research for the patient through a highly collaborative, team-oriented, milestone-based approach to research that will enable discoveries to translate quickly into practical solutions for cancer patients worldwide. TFRI collaborates with over 60 cancer hospitals and research organizations across Canada and functions as the research arm of The Terry Fox Foundation.