Coinciding with World Cancer Day the Terry Fox charity race in the UAE to support anti-cancer research 2022

Coinciding with World Cancer Day, the "Terry Fox" charity race in the UAE to support anti-cancer research 2022

The “Terry Fox” charity race will be launched next Saturday at Expo 2020 Dubai, to support research in the fight against cancer, coinciding with World Cancer Day, under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and Group, and President The Higher Committee of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Al Jalila Foundation.

The event highlights the need for synergy and teamwork to tackle cancer, and this year's Terry Fox Race is organized in Dubai by the Canadian Business Council in Dubai, continuing its tradition as a 3 or 5 kilo meter non-competitive family race, targeting all ages, levels and abilities. Physical activity, participants can choose to run or walk along the path, and strollers can also be taken.

The media briefing held yesterday revealed the details of the race, in the presence of Mohammed Al-Ansari, Vice President of Communications and Official Spokesperson for Expo 2020 Dubai, and Ara Sahakian, former CEO and volunteer advisor of the Terry Fox Foundation, and shed light on the field of cooperation between the Terry Foundation and the UAE for Cancer Control.

Ara Sahakian, former CEO and volunteer advisor to the Terry Fox Foundation, said that the UAE is a pioneer in supporting and developing medical research and supporting innovation to improve the quality of life for all in the Middle East, explaining that cancer research in the UAE has gained a strong momentum, believing in the importance of such research in saving Lives and hope for patients, where cancer research can help equal care for patients.

Sahakian called on community members and Expo visitors to participate in the charity race, to support cancer patients, especially since the race bears the name of the Canadian racer Terry Fox, who lost his right leg after reaching the age of twenty as a result of cancer, and decided to raise funds for cancer research, and Terry drew the attention of the world to fight this disease. He was made a national hero in his home country, and since then a charity marathon has been held annually throughout Canada and in many other countries of the world to raise funds to support cancer research.

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He explained that the first Terry Fox races were in Dubai in 1994, and the Foundation raised more than 8 million dirhams for cancer research projects in the UAE, and this year's race at Expo 2020 Dubai aims to obtain more pre-deliberate research projects to be funded in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation.

He explained that registration for the race is done through the Foundation's page, and the registration fee for the event is 100 dirhams per person, while participation is free for young people up to 17 years old, and all participants will receive three entry tickets to Expo 2020 Dubai that provide full access to the exhibition, and all net proceeds will be donated From registration to the Al Jalila Foundation to support cancer research projects in the UAE, in partnership with the Terry Fox Foundation.

He continued, The Terry Fox Foundation plays a vital role in building community connections, engaging more than 20,000 volunteers and 3.3 million students in nearly 10,000 annual fundraising events worldwide, and Terry’s lasting and enduring legacy is an inspiration. For everyone around the world of all ages, cultures and physical abilities, and through 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, and with success The impressive he has achieved throughout his career, Terry Fox has become an annual event in 33 countries across five continents, and the largest fundraising event in support of cancer research around the world. 

The race is a tribute to Terry Fox's Canadian heritage, and the Terry Fox race ends at Jubilee Park, as well as a bouquet of festivities organized after the event, including performances by a Canadian artist at the Jubilee Theatre.

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