Terry Fox Foundation creates Canada-wide research institute to develop better cancer treatments

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - The Terry Fox Foundation today officially
launched the Canada-wide Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI), an exciting new
initiative which will translate today's best science into tomorrow's cancer
treatments. The announcement was made by Darrell Fox, National Director, The
Terry Fox Foundation.
    The Institute offers an exciting new model for cancer research, a virtual
institute to overcome geographical and professional boundaries. It brings
together clinical and scientific researchers from across the country, with
nodes in several provinces. Currently there are nodes in British Columbia,
Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. The Terry Fox Foundation has committed a minimum
of $50 million to fund the Institute over five years, from donations collected
at the 25th anniversary of Terry's 'Marathon of Hope' and from funds realized
or anticipated since 2005.
    The TFRI will support cancer research projects with the potential to
improve the health of cancer patients as quickly as possible. The TFRI's
projects will bring researchers together in teams to work on prevention, early
detection and treatment of cancer.
    Darrell Fox said, "Terry Fox had a way of giving Canadians a new fresh
way to look at their country, the geography, the distances and the differences
of people. He effectively transformed the distances between people by inviting
them to focus on what could bring us together rather than divide us. Terry was
able to close a gap and unite a nation around a common cause. In that same
spirit, The Terry Fox Foundation is pleased to launch the Institute which will
bring together a national team dedicated to finding cancer cures."
    "This level of co-operation and collaboration is unprecedented," says Dr.
Victor Ling, Scientific Director of TFRI. "Our vision at the Terry Fox
Research Institute is to improve significantly the outcomes for the patient by
having teams of academic and clinical researchers work in concert with one
another sharing insights, knowledge and discoveries. The TFRI links hospitals,
cancer organizations and universities provincially and nationally. The focus
is to improve patient care by quickly moving the discoveries from the bench to
clinical application."
    TFRI has solicited project ideas from researchers at its virtual nodes
and is currently conducting reviews by an international team of cancer
experts. The TFRI expects to announce its first funded projects within the
next three months.
    "Congratulations to the Terry Fox Foundation for creating a research
institute that shares a common goal with our government," said Minister
Clement. "I'm proud to say that we share a common interest which aims to
reduce the number of new cases of cancer and to lessen the likelihood of
Canadians dying from cancer."
    "The fight against cancer is a top priority of federal and provincial
governments and has been identified as one of the four research priorities of
the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ)," said Dr. Alain Beaudet,
president and CEO of the FRSQ and co-chair of the National Alliance for
Provincial Research Organizations. "The Terry Fox Research Institute
initiative is unique in bridging disciplinary fields and regional silos. By
bringing together the best talent in the country, it will go a long way in
improving our understanding and treatment of this devastating condition."
    "We're proud to support the launch of the Terry Fox Research Institute
with matching funding of $15 million over five years through the Ontario
Institute for Cancer Research," said Ontario Premier and Minister of Research
and Innovation, Dalton McGuinty. "The partnership will help move discoveries
made in Ontario from lab to clinic sooner, which means a better quality of
life, new opportunities and new hope for people living with cancer."
    "The Alberta Cancer Research Institute is most enthusiastic to
participate in the Terry Fox Research Initiative," says Dr. Cyril Kay,
Vice-President Research of the Alberta Cancer Board and executive lead,
Alberta Cancer Research Institute. "It is a wonderful opportunity in the
translational research area and fits with our goal of substantially reducing
the mortality and incident of cancer and as well as improving the quality of
life for those suffering from cancer. The Alberta Cancer Research Institute
will be most supportive of this program."
    "The new Terry Fox Research Institute will bring together researchers,
scientists and institutions across Canada to work to assure that their
discoveries are brought to the bedside and into patients lives as soon as
possible and that we all share in discoveries of new techniques and practises
that will make people's lives even better," said Premier Gordon Campbell of
British Columbia. "Today is a day in which we recognize Terry's strength but
also the strength and commitment of his family. To all of them I say thanks
for your leadership and your commitment. As an international centre of cancer
research we look forward to keeping the dream alive. Hope endures as does
Terry's spirit. Together we will reach the finish line."

    The Terry Fox Foundation is the second largest non-governmental funder of
cancer research in Canada. To date, a total of $400 million (CDN) has been
raised by the Foundation. With only three cents of every dollar raised going
towards administration, and only 10 cents in fundraising costs, The Terry Fox
Foundation is an industry leader in fundraising accountability. This can be
attributed to a small staff. Only 32 full-time employees span the entire
country, coordinating local and international events. Dedicated and committed
volunteers form the backbone of the organization and are the primary reason
why the Foundation is able to break fundraising records year-after-year.

For further information:

For further information: Terry Fox Research Institute, Dr. Victor Ling,
Scientific Director, Telephone (604) 675-8109; Terry Fox Foundation, Peter
Sheremeta, The Terry Fox Foundation National School Run Organizer, Telephone
(514) 499-9747; Terry Fox Research Institute Quebec Node, Charles Pitts,
Oromedia Inc., Telephone (514) 697-9111; Terry Fox Research Institute Ontario
Node, Rhea Cohen, Director of Communications, Ontario Institute for Cancer
Research, Telephone (416) 673-6642; Terry Fox Research Institute Alberta Node,
Lee Elliott, Director of Communications, Alberta Cancer Board, Telephone (780)
743-4423; Terry Fox Research Institute British Columbia Node, Nicole Adams,
Director of Communications, BC Cancer Agency, Telephone (604) 675-8105

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