AT TAYLOR'S: Reuben Cheong (ReubenDeShen.Cheong@taylors.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: CARIF Foundation (+603-5639 1874)
The Terry Fox Run is the largest single day fundraiser for cancer research in the world. This is an annual event in Malaysia, as it is in over 70 countries. This year’s Terry Fox was held on December 1 at Tasik Titiwangsa. Malaysia’s participation in this event dates back to 2001 when the first run was held at Lakeside Gardens. This year’s event was once again well attended, attracting over 6,000 participants from across the greater KL area.
The Terry Fox story began in 1977, when as an 18-year-old he was diagnosed with bone cancer. Despite the fact that his right leg had to be amputated above the knee, Terry refused to be sidelined from his athletic ambitions. Although in those early days, prosthetics were not as advanced as they are today, Terry took it upon himself to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research, a distance of nearly 9,000 kilometers; equivalent to running from Kuala Lumpur to Athens, Greece. Terry called his journey the "Marathon of Hope" because in order to accomplish this enormous task, Terry planned on running a marathon, 42 Kilometers, every day.  His trip across Canada – with his characteristic hop-skip step - awed and inspired the entire country.
Terry would go on to run a marathon for 143 consecutive days, a total of 5,373 kilometers, before his cancer returned. His goal of raising one dollar for cancer research for every Canadian, a total of 23 million dollars, was reached just days before he passed away in 1981. Terry's "Marathon of Hope" would continue to live on in the charity event that bears his name. Since 1981 the Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than RM1.5 billion worldwide for cancer research. All the money raised in Malaysia remains in Malaysia to promote research in this country through the Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF). Donations are entirely voluntary and consist of purchasing a t-shirt bearing Terry’s name and logo. By taking part in the Terry Fox Run, participants continue in Terry’s inspiring run for the good of mankind.
The Canadian Pre-University Program, part of Taylor's College Subang Jaya, has participated in the annual Malaysian Terry Fox run since its beginning in 2001. Although originally an extra-curricular activity, the recent hiring of Joel Cressman, who holds a Master's in Kinesiology, has meant that this activity now has a curricular component, as students are required to research the event and its heroic founder as part of their studies. Recent changes to the course of study will now require students to participate, but also to reflect on their activity and its potential for encouraging a more active lifestyle. Visitors to this site are encouraged to check with the Upcoming Events tab for news regarding the next Terry Fox Run in 2014.