The Canadian Expat Network is the community for Canadians living abroad. It includes, articles, events, forums, surveys and a resource directory.
Home | Feature Articles | CEN Newsletters | Search |

Free Bi-Weekly

 About this Site
 About CEN
 CEN in the News
 CEN Newsletters
 Submit Articles
 CDN Expats
 Feature Articles
 2010 Vancouver Olympics
 2010 Olympic Gallery
 2008 Beijing Olympics
 Calendar of Events
 CEN YouTube videos
 Discussion Forum
 Labatt's Hockey Night
 Most Popular
 Terry Fox Run
 Canadian Brands
 Canadian Groups
 Cross Border Investing
 Download Library
 Foreign Currency
 Resource Directory
 SEUS CP Alliance
 Article Index
 CDN Headlines
 Regional News
 Business Headlines
 Sports Headlines
 Entertainment Headlines
 Lifestyle Headlines
 Contact Us
 Site Map
 Terms of Use
Subscribe to our RSS Feed
facebook Twitter Youtube
home | Terry Fox Run | Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award to ho . . .

Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award to honour Olympian who touches world with courage, humility and extraordinary athletic abilities at 2010 Winter Games

Printer-Friendly Format

Dec 11,2009


Ottawa, ON  The name of an everyday hero, who continues to touch the hearts of Canadians three decades after his ambitious cross-country run to find a cure for cancer, will be etched on a brand-new award presented to an athlete competing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.


The Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award will be presented during a public ceremony in downtown Vancouver on February 27, 2010 to an Olympian, who may be from any country participating in the Games.


 "Few people have touched the soul of this great nation like Terry Fox did on his Marathon of Hope in 1980 and continue to do so every year as hundreds of thousands of Canadians remember him on runs held from coast to coast to coast in support of cancer research," said John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).


Furlong announced the creation of the award today with the Fox family at an event in Ottawa, ON, held in an area across from the Parliament Buildings that contains an iconic statue of the legendary young amputee runner from Port Coquitlam, BC, and the countdown clock for the 2010 Winter Games.


 "This award will be presented to an athlete who embodies the same values that Terry Fox did," Furlong continued. "This athlete will be someone who is the epitome of determination in motion, who pushed on no matter what the pain or obstacles in their path and touched Canada and the world by displaying humility and selflessness in their treatment of others both on and off the field of play -- a veritable hero."


The athlete will be selected by a small panel comprised of well-known CTV sportscaster Brian Williams, Olympian and VANOC board member Charmaine Crooks, a member of the Fox Family, and Tricia Smith, an honorary mayor of the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver during the Olympic Winter Games.


"We sincerely appreciate the efforts of John Furlong and the VANOC team to acknowledge Terry in 2010 a year that marks the 30th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope," said his brother, Darrell Fox. "As a teenager, Terry was an avid athlete in basketball, soccer and rugby and would be proud to be recognized on the world stage as part of the Olympic Winter Games."


On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox set out with little fanfare from St. John's, NL, on an ambitious and at that time unheard of cross-country run to help raise funds for cancer research. The image of him running with a prosthetic leg, the result of a bone cancer diagnosis and amputation at age 18, made a deep and emotional impact on Canadians as he ran on his Marathon of Hope and they opened their hearts and their wallets for his cause.


After running 143 days and 5,373 kilometres through Atlantic Canada, Quebec and much of Ontario, his journey was cut short outside of Thunder Bay, ON, on September 1, 1980 when cancer appeared in his lungs. He passed away at the age 22 on June 28, 1981 but his dream lives on with annual Terry Fox Runs throughout Canada and internationally. To date, close to $500 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in his name and his journey has inspired others to follow in his footsteps. For more information, visit



VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit


- 2010 -

Media Contact:


VANOC Communications

Tel: 604.403.1611


Katie Green

Tel: 604.404.6273



Printer-Friendly Format
·  Thousands take part in Abu Dhabi's Terry Fox Run
·  Who will light the Olympic Flame?
·  Judith Fox-Alder on Terry Fox Part 4 of 5
·  Judith Fox-Alder Interview on Terry Fox Part 3 of 5
·  Interview with Judith Fox-Alder on Terry Fox, Part 2 of 5
·  Interview with Judith Fox-Alder Part 1 of 5

Labatt Blue

Province of New Brunswick

Pacifica Partners

Canadian Favourites

Canadian Forex


72 Project

Will the Blue Jays win the World Series?

  • Show Survey Results
  • Show All Surveys
  •  Discussion Forum
    Recent Forum Posts
    · New Expat to US- Requiring U.S.Visa for Mom in law
    · Sequential H1B visas
    · finding a cross border accountant in Chicago
    · CDN RESP's
    · Income Tax
    · Online photo retouching service
    · I don't know what to do
    · National Newspaper Column
    · Canadians who immigrated to US in 1960s?
    · Expat blogs
    · Doing business in the US
    · Private honeymoon trekking and familytrip to China
    · English into Canadian French translator needed
    · What Canadian teams will make the playoffs?
    · Launch of Discussion Forum Oct. 2010
    Search Discussion