Canadian Cancer Society Statement about Betty Fox's Death

TORONTO, June 17, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society was extremely saddened to hear about the death of Betty Fox today. Society volunteers and staff across Canada send their sincere condolences to the family. Our thoughts are with the Fox family at this time.

Betty Fox and her son Terry were remarkable Canadians who made unprecedented contributions to Canada. Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope and all of the Terry Fox Runs over the past 30 years have helped create a vibrant and productive Canadian cancer research community. As one of our country's leading national charitable funders of cancer research in Canada, the Terry Fox Foundation has ensured progress continues in the fight against cancer.

"Betty Fox will always be remembered for her strong commitment to her son's legacy, which continues to have a significant impact on the lives of Canadians," says Peter Goodhand, President and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. "She was a relentless champion for Terry's dream and she steadfastly pursued Terry's goal of finding a cure for cancer. She was an inspiration to all of us and she will be greatly missed."

The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by doing everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with cancer. Join the fight! Go to to find out how you can help. When you want to know more about cancer, visit or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (National Office)

For further information:

Catherine Loiacono
Manager, Media Relations
British Columbia and Yukon Division
Cell: 604.837.5643


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