Terry Fox Foundation to Auction Replica Shoes Signed by 12 World-Class Athletes

    - All Profits from Sales Donated to Cancer Research -

    TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - The Terry Fox Foundation today announced plans
for a celebrity auction in which 12 pairs of 25th Anniversary Terry Fox
Limited Edition Replica Shoes, signed by 12 world-class athletes, will be
auctioned on eBay starting on August 31. All proceeds from the sales of the
shoes will be donated directly to cancer research.
    "Terry believed the Marathon of Hope was an athletic accomplishment and
nothing made him smile more than when he received the 1980 Lou Marsh Award,"
said Darrell Fox, National Director of The Terry Fox Foundation, and Terry's
younger brother. "We are thrilled to have 12 world-class athletes
participating in this unique initiative and paying tribute to both Terry's
athletic achievements and his dream of one day finding a cure for cancer."
    The signed 25th Anniversary Terry Fox Limited Edition Replica Shoes
feature the signatures of Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest athletes of all
time and a personal inspiration to Terry Fox, and 11 great Canadian athletes
including Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Cindy Klassen, Kurt Browning, Mike
Weir, Donovan Bailey, Larry Walker, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Silken Laumann and
Catriona LeMay Doan. Each athlete has signed one stripe on each pair of the
replica shoes.
    "It is such an honour to have been asked by The Terry Fox Foundation to
participate in this exciting initiative," said Catriona LeMay Doan. "Over the
last 27 years, The Terry Fox Foundation has worked hard to perpetuate Terry's
legacy and I hope that through The Terry Fox Foundation Celebrity Auction we
can remind Canadians of Terry's remarkable achievements and keep his dream
    The exclusive collector's item shoes have journeyed thousands of
kilometres across Canada and the United States in a custom-made protective
case. The case was escorted and hand delivered to each of these great athletes
for their autograph, all of whom showed overwhelming excitement and enthusiasm
to participate, and many of whom shared their own personal memories of Terry
Fox as they added their signature.
    The 12 pairs of signed 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Terry Fox Replica
Shoes will be auctioned on eBay (www.ebay.ca/terryfox) for 10 days as part of
a worldwide auction starting on August 31. Packaged in a limited edition
collector's case, each pair of the iconic indigo blue shoes - with a map of
the Marathon of Hope on the sole liner - will be accompanied by a Certificate
of Authenticity.
    The 25th Anniversary Terry Fox Limited Edition Replica Shoe, called the
Orion TF, is true to the 1979 model that Terry ran in for 42 kilometres
(26 miles) a day, for 143 days straight. On April 12, 1980 he set out to fight
the cancer that took one of his legs. His goal was to cover the country from
east to west and raise $1 for every Canadian. But on September 1, his journey
ended prematurely in Thunder Bay, Ontario. His run may have ended after
5,565 kilometres (3,339 miles), but his memory and mission lives on each year
as millions of Canadians support Terry Fox Runs across the country and around
the world.

    The first Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research was organized in 1981 in
conjunction with the Canadian Cancer Society. In 1988, The Terry Fox
Foundation became an independent trust and has continued to pursue Terry's
dream of finding a cure for cancer. To date, The Terry Fox Foundation has
raised over $400 million dollars for cancer research. This year, the Terry Fox
Run for cancer research will take place on September 16 across Canada and in
40 countries around the world. Visit www.terryfoxrun.org for more information
on the September 16 National Terry Fox Run, the September 14 Terry Fox at Work
Day, the September 28 National School Run Day or to make a pledge to The Terry
Fox Foundation to help find a cure for cancer.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

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For further information: Megan Spoore, Charlie Robson, (416) 586-0180,
mspoore@national.ca, crobson@national.ca

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