Letter of Support for Terry Fox Centre from Fox Family

The family of Terry Fox was responsible for creating the Terry Fox Foundation, Terry Fox Research Institute and more recently the Terry Fox Centre. The Terry Fox Centre was created due to the urgent need to protect the Marathon of Hope and Terry Fox memorabilia. Doug Coupland placed us on this new road after visiting the various lower mainland locations that were home to the Terry Fox collection when researching for his best selling book Terry in 2005. Doug returned with a stern message if we did not protect the collection soon we stood to lose it. We ignored him as it was not within our mandate - it is now.

We recognized after finding the original Marathon of Hope Ford Econoline van and fully restoring it the power of artifacts to share Terry's story. The Tour of Hope crossed the country in 2007 and when van doors flew open the stories and memories flowed in and out. The Terry Fox collection will share Terry's story of hope, courage and determination long after we are gone. The Terry Fox Centre will be more than that though. The Centre will also communicate the untold story of ongoing progress made, past, present and future from our collective investment in cancer research. The Centre will educate and offer inspiration from not only the over $800m invested in Terry's name but also the investment of over 90 Terry Fox Research Institute partners.

We are driven as a family to find a home for all things Terry.


Darrell Fox
Member, Terry Fox Foundation -Terry Fox Research Institute - Terry Fox Centre