University of Calgary

Terry’s CAUSE on Campus

UToday HomeSeptember 7, 2012

Terry Fox’s brother Darrell Fox, left, is thrilled about the support Terry’s CAUSE on Campus is receiving from the University of Calgary and Terry Fox Research Institute. Photo by Bruce PerraultTerry Fox’s brother Darrell Fox, left, is thrilled about the support Terry’s CAUSE on Campus is receiving from the University of Calgary and Terry Fox Research Institute. Photo by Bruce PerraultTerry Fox united a nation 32 years ago with his Marathon of Hope. This fall, students at universities across Canada are uniting to celebrate his legacy and raise money for cancer research.

Students at the University of Calgary will join their peers across Canada to honour and celebrate Fox and his legacy for cancer research as part of a new national university and college campus initiative called Terry’s CAUSE on Campus (CAUSE stands for College and University Student Engagement).

The coast-to-coast initiative was launched Thursday by The Terry Fox Foundation and The Terry Fox Research Institute in partnership with the University of Calgary and seven other Canadian universities. Each institution will hold a major campus event over the next six weeks, including runs and other fundraisers. All proceeds will go to The Terry Fox Foundation to be invested by The Terry Fox Research Institute in cancer research.

“We are thrilled with the enthusiasm and support that students, organizers and leaders at the University of Calgary have shown for Terry’s CAUSE on Campus,” said Darrell Fox, brother of Terry and a special advisor with the Terry Fox Research Institute, which is spearheading the national initiative.

“Terry began planning and training for his Marathon of Hope while he was a first-year university student. He would be pleased and honoured to know that students here and across Canada continue to be inspired by him and are joining together to support his dream – our dream – of ending cancer. We are extremely grateful to each and every person involved in this new initiative for helping to make a difference.”

Also participating in Terry’s CAUSE on Campus this fall are: Carleton University (Ontario), Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia), McMaster University (Ontario), Memorial University of Newfoundland (Newfoundland & Labrador), Queen’s University (Ontario), Simon Fraser University (B.C.), and University of Toronto (Ontario). Terry’s CAUSE on Campus is expected to draw thousands of university students, many of whom will be attending their first year.

Kenya-Jade Pinto, vice-president academic at the University of Calgary Students' Union, found out her father was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in March 2012. She and other student leaders are busy planning the Terry’s CAUSE event scheduled at the Calgary campus on Friday, Oct. 12.

“Terry’s CAUSE is born out of courage and hope, and reminds us students at the University of Calgary to come together as a community and be strong and resilient in the face of adversity,” said Pinto. “We understand that we are the catalysts for courageous action and we are ready to take the challenge.”

University of Calgary students can register online.