NEWS RELEASE · 12th April 2010
Office of the Premier
Premier Gordon Campbell issued the following statement today on the 30th anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope:
"Three decades ago a young man from Port Coquitlam set out on a courageous Canada-wide marathon to raise awareness about cancer and to raise donations to help end cancer. That young man was Terry Fox. Terry Fox embodied the determination and compassion that define us as British Columbians and today we honour his memory.
"Terry's goal to raise one dollar from every Canadian from his Marathon of Hope inspired all of us. The Marathon of Hope has become the world's largest annual one-day fundraiser for cancer research, with over $500 million dollars raised in Terry's name.
"Terry undertook his Marathon of Hope because of the terrible toll cancer takes on our families and society. It's estimated that 40 per cent of Canadian women and 45 per cent of men will develop cancer in their lifetimes. One in four Canadians will die from the disease.
"I encourage British Columbians to join together in the fight against cancer so that we can fulfil Terry's dream to eradicate this disease."