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On the Road to Personalized Medicine

Imaging that detects if a patient’s breast cancer treatment is working after just one week of therapy. A pre-leukemic stem cell that can identify the disease before it even begins. Utilizing the 30-billion data points of a patient’s sequenced genome to determine why some cancer tumours become resistant to drugs and others don’t.

These are but three exciting ways in which cancer research today is making a difference through funds raised by The Terry Fox Foundation and now invested by the Terry Fox Research Institute. We’ve never understood cancer better and we are closer now to achieving more cures than we have ever been before.

TFRI is pleased to present this tribute to Terry Fox’s research legacy on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of his Marathon of Hope, marked on April 12, 2015. Since Terry began his 5,373-km run in St. John’s, Newfoundland more than $700-million has been raised in his name for cancer research. This money has been used to fund the most promising and innovative research in Canada over the last 35 years.

In this special project, we explore how Terry Fox funding and research has set us on today’s road to personalized medicine through the stories and voices of our current and past-funded researchers, their patients and study participants. Together we are making a difference. Terry Fox lives here. Join us on the road to personalized medicine.