Canadian Cancer Society Statement about Betty Fox’s Death

17 June 2011

Toronto -

The Canadian Cancer Society was extremely saddened to hear about the death of Betty Fox today. Society volunteers and staff across Canada send their sincere condolences to the family. Our thoughts are with the Fox family at this time.

Betty Fox and her son Terry were remarkable Canadians who made unprecedented contributions to Canada. Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and all of the Terry Fox Runs over the past 30 years have helped create a vibrant and productive Canadian cancer research community. As one of our country’s leading national charitable funders of cancer research in Canada, the Terry Fox Foundation has ensured progress continues in the fight against cancer.

“Betty Fox will always be remembered for her strong commitment to her son’s legacy, which continues to have a significant impact on the lives of Canadians,” says Peter Goodhand, President and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. “She was a relentless champion for Terry’s dream and she steadfastly pursued Terry’s goal of finding a cure for cancer. She was an inspiration to all of us and she will be greatly missed.”

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Catherine Loiacono

Manager, Media Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 604-675-7340