Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Press Release: RM 260,921 collected at Terry Fox Run KL 2013 in aid of Cancer Research In Malaysia

(Sitting from left to right) Mak Chin Kow, Josephine Tan, HE Judith St George, YM Tunku Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ahmad Yahaya, Dr Khoo Boo Khean, Prof Dr Teo Soo Hwang

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 May 2014 – The Terry Fox Run KL organising committee today presented a cheque of RM260,931 to – YM Tunku Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ahmad Yahaya, Chairman of the Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF),at the CARIF laboratories in Ramsay Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya.

In all, a total of RM 260,921 was raised at the run held on 1 December 2013 at Taman Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur.

The presentation was made before an audience comprising HE Judith St George, the Canadian High Commissioner, and representatives from the Terry Fox Run organising committee, CARIF - donor organisations and individuals who had generously donated their products and services, as well as their time and effort, to the run.

Josephine Tan, Chairman, TFR KL Organising Committee presenting momento to HE Judith St George, High Commissioner of Canada

“We are very pleased to support CARIF in its efforts to make a difference in the fight against cancer not only in Malaysia but also at the global level,” said Josephine Tan, Chairman of the Terry Fox Run KL (TFRKL) organising committee

“No donation or contribution is too small or trivial, and we hope that more corporations and businesses will support the run. Most importantly, we hope more Malaysians will participate in 2014 to help increase awareness and contribute to cancer research” .

After the cheque presentation ceremony, HE Judith St George, corporate supporters and the volunteers were given a tour of the CARIF facility with an introduction to the cancer research programmes conducted by CARIF. “Funds from the Terry Fox Run have been used for research to identify new therapeutics for the treatment of oral cancer, the continued provision of BRCA genetic testing and counselling for breast cancer patients ,research into the discovery of new breast cancer loci and to look for pathway-specific anti-cancer compounds from our natural resources,” said Professor Dr Teo.

“CARIF is privileged to be working with - Terry Fox Run in support of cancer research - in Malaysia. On behalf of CARIF, I would like to thank the Terry Fox Run organising committee and all of the volunteers and participants of TFR KL, for their invaluable support and their dedication to carrying on the Terry Fox vision to seek a cure for cancer,” she added.

The Terry Fox Run, named after the young man who inspired these events, has been held in KL for the last 17 years and has attracted thousands of Malaysians from all walks of life. The Terry Fox Run KL has raised close to RM 2 million since 2003. Globally, since 1981, the Terry Fox Run has raised more than RM 1.9 billion, and attracts over 2 million runners each year, in aid of cancer research around the world. Last year’s run in Kuala Lumpur attracted an estimated total of more than 7,000 participants.

Terry Fox was 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. His right leg was amputated above the knee. Whilst in hospital, Terry was so moved by the suffering of cancer patients, especially the children, that he resolved to run across Canada (a distance of 8,500 kilometres) to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the “Marathon of Hope”. He ran a marathon (42 kilometres) a day for 143 consecutive days - a total distance of 5,373 kilometres. Terry was forced to abandon his run as the cancer spread to his lungs and died at the age of 21. Before he died, he knew that a fund-raising event would be held each year, with the same objectives as the Marathon of Hope - to help find a cure for cancer.

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