Tenth Annual Terry Fox Run and Golf Tournament for Cancer Research to be held November in Bangkok

Travel News Asia 4 October 2004

The Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, the Oncological (Cancer) Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen and the Canadian Embassy are are to hold the the 10th Annual Terry Fox Run at Lumpini Park in Bangkok on Sunday morning, November 7 and the Terry Fox Golf Tournament at Muangkaew Golf Club, Bangna Trat Road on Friday, November 12 to raise funds for cancer research.

Terry Fox was a brave young Canadian who had his right leg amputated above the knee in 1977 following a cancer diagnosis. While in hospital Terry was so overcome by the suffering of cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise both awareness of the disease and funds for cancer research. The run became known as the Marathon of Hope. He ran for 143 days and over 3,000 miles until he had to stop due to the return of cancer. Terry died shortly before his 23rd birthday in June 1981.

Mr. Isadore Sharp, chairman and founder of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts was one of the many people inspired by Terrys brave Marathon of Hope and became the founder of the Terry Fox Run which has become an annual event at every Four Seasons and Regent hotel around the world.

The year 2004 is the 24th Anniversary of Terrys Marathon of Hope. The run in Bangkok will be presided over by the Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Mr. Dennis Comeau, Dr. Arkom Cheirsilpa, President of the Oncological Society of Thailand and the Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, Mr. Didier Picquot.

Beginning and ending inside Lumpini Park, the run promises to be a fun and enjoyable Sunday outing for families, joggers and health enthusiasts of all ages. Both the 5 km and 10 km routes are perfect for running, walking, bicycling, skate boarding and roller blading. Families with young children as well as the elderly are welcome to participate. To add more fun to the run, group or individual participants wishing to wear costumes are encouraged to do so. Registration is from 7:00 am to 7:45 am and the official starting time is at 8:05 am.

Tickets include an official 2004 Terry Fox T-shirt, official finishing certificate, refreshment, and the chance to win exciting prizes. [28/7/2006 - Price of ticket removed following official request]

Categories for prizes include:

Youngest Runner
Oldest Runner
Largest Group
Best Costume

In conjunction with the Terry Fox Run, a Terry Fox Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, November 12 at Muang Kaew Golf Club. Shotgun tee-off time will be at 12:30 pm with a starter fee of Baht 5,000 per person and includes a welcome bag, golf shirt, green fees, caddy fee, dinner catered by the hotel with a prize draw and auction.

All proceeds raised from the above events will again go directly to the Oncological (Cancer) Society of Thailand under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen for cancer research.

Since 1995, the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok (then The Regent Bangkok) has organised the Terry Fox Run and has raised over 7.5 million Baht for the Society which has been used for the following projects:

Prevention and early detection of cervical cancer in Nakornpanom province
Development of a mammalian cell culture technique to detect cancer chemopreventative agents in neem flowers and assaying their possible mechanism of action using northern blot hybridization technique
Prevalence survey of HPV in general female population of Thailand (partial support for 2nd year study in Lampang)
Study of genetic polymorphisms of CYP2E1 and GSTM1 among workers in Map Ta Phut industrial estate
Determination of gene alterations in cholangiocarcinoma using arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction and gene cloning
Establishment of laboratory of molecular biology for cancer research.

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