Thousands take part in the Terry Fox Run at Expo 2020 Dubai

The Terry Fox Run is recognized worldwide for its continued contribution to cancer research for over four decades. It takes its name from a young Canadian university student who lost a leg to cancer. Wanting to give hope to cancer patients, the amputee athlete ran 5,373 km – almost a marathon every day for 143 days – to raise funds for cancer research. When he had to stop running due to the return of cancer, millions of people around the world decided to continue his quest by participating in The Terry Fox Run. Now an annual event in 33 countries across five continents, the Terry Fox Run has become one of the biggest fundraising events in support of cancer research around the world.

“Today’s historic Terry Fox Dubai Run demonstrated the commitment of the United Arab Emirates and its community to contribute to cancer research that could save generations in the future. We are truly grateful for the support and the enthusiasm of everyone who walked, ran, organized, helped and entertained today, and of course, for the generous donations to cancer research,” said Ara Sahakian, former CEO and volunteer consultant of the Terry Fox Foundation, at the closing of the event.

Professor Frank Branicki of the University of the United Arab Emirates said: “We have been working with researchers funded by the Terry Fox Foundation of Canada since 2013 to advance cancer research in the United Arab Emirates, which is gaining momentum. . Over AED 8 million has been collected and funded for various UAE. cancer research projects to date. Today, researchers in the United Arab Emirates are carrying out various important investigations to find effective treatments for cancers all over the world. »

Any donor wishing to support the cause is warmly welcomed for their contribution, which can still be done on the registration page for the event.

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On The Terry Fox Foundation

The Terry Fox Foundation honors the vision and spirit of an iconic Canadian while raising vital funds for cancer research. As a leading national charity, The Terry Fox Foundation plays a vital role in community building, engaging more than 20,000 passionate volunteers and 3.3 million students in nearly 10,000 fundraising events. annual funds across the country.

People around the world of all ages, walks of life and abilities have been inspired by Terry’s lasting legacy. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, partners and volunteers, The Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $850 million and funded 1,300 innovative cancer research projects, bringing hope and health to millions of Canadians. Visit for more information and to find out how you can help Terry’s Marathon of Hope cross the finish line.

About the Al Jalila Foundation

The Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic healthcare organization dedicated to transforming lives, was founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai in April 2013, to position Dubai and the United Arab Emirates at the forefront of medical innovation.

The Al Jalila Foundation supports the medical treatment of people unable to afford quality health care; provides scholarships to train a local generation of health professionals and supports innovative research that addresses prevalent health issues in the region: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and mental health. In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Al Jalila Foundation has expanded its research portfolio to fight the coronavirus and other emerging diseases affecting humanity.

In August 2020, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed inaugurated the Mohammed Bin Rashid Institute of Medical Research, an AED300 million multidisciplinary research center established by the Al Jalila Foundation to be a beacon of hope for the UAE and the Arab region.

The Al Jalila Foundation is named after Her Highness Sheikha Al Jalila Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the daughter of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The Al Jalila Foundation is one of 33 member organizations of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, which embodies His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision to improve the Arab world through humanitarian, development and community work. .

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On Dubai Business Council of Canada

The Business Council of Canada helps companies and professionals related to Canada to establish or operate/work in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, through networking and business connections, information exchange and a link continuous with Canada.

As one of the largest and most active UAE business councils and the largest Canadian business council in the MENA region, CBC offers its members the opportunity to grow their business and government networks. and maintain a strong connection to Canada, through events, member discounts, and other benefits and support. It also offers sponsors the opportunity to access and connect with a significant number of Canadian professionals and their networks.

Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

“Canada’s Expo 2020 theme, Looking Ahead, serves as a platform to promote opportunities for trade, investment, education, tourism and immigration, in all provinces, territories and cities across Canada, and in all sectors of society. Canada’s participation highlights Canadian leadership in key sectors including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, education, digitization, telemedicine, clean technologies, agriculture, health sciences, aerospace and more. Canada’s approach to Expo 2020 Dubai is inspired by our core values ​​of diversity, inclusion, human rights and gender equality as the foundation for building a prosperous nation and inclusive capable and determined to offer solutions to global challenges

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