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In the Tracks of Terry Fox

Four Seasons Jimbaran Bali Hosts ‘Hope for Life’ Fun Walk and Bike Ride, Sunday, September 18, 2011 to Raise Funds for Cancer Care and Treatment in Bali


Bringing hope and inspiration for people in Bali who are battling cancer, Four Seasons Resorts Bali is hosting the 3rd Four Seasons “Hope for Life” (formerly the Terry Fox Run), on Sunday, September 18, 2011.

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All are invited to take part in a 5 kilometer fun walk or 21 kilometer fun bike ride, starting at 7:00 a.m. The route begins and finishes at the beach near PJ’s restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. A celebratory party will follow the challenge, providing a light breakfast, free-flowing beverages and live music from Joni Agung & Double T Band.

The 2008 event attracted 1700 participants and raised an impressive Rp 248 million for cancer awareness and treatment in Bali. These funds helped to support cancer care and treatment throughout 2009 and 2010, working in cooperation with Yayasan Mitra Peduli Kanker. Many Bali residents have benefited from free health seminars and cancer screenings, as well as counseling for families courtesy of the funds raised at past events.

Four Seasons “Hope for Life” is inspired by the courageous story of Terry Fox, a Canadian teenager diagnosed with bone cancer and underwent the amputation of his right leg. In 1980, left with only one leg, he set out to run the entire way across Canada – a distance of some 8,000 km – to raise funds as for cancer research. Unfortunately his battle with cancer cut his run short, but his determination has proven to be a great inspiration over the intervening 3 decades.

One of the people motivated by Terry was Isadore Sharp, founder of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. When Terry could not complete his journey, Sharp telegrammed Terry to promise that a run would be held in his name every year, writing: “You started it. We will not rest until your dream to find a cure for cancer is realized.”

Terry pinned this telegram to his hospital bed and expressed how much the message meant to him. Sadly, Fox died of cancer in 1981.

Four Seasons has taken Sharp’s promise to Terry Fox around the world, building on the enthusiastic support of the company’s employees and Canadian consular staff to introduce cancer fundraisers to every city in which a Four Seasons hotel or resort operates.

Isadore Sharp, who personally experienced the loss of a son to cancer, believes that one day a brilliant researcher – perhaps one funded by a Terry Fox grant – will find a cure for the disease. “Terry did not lose the fight,” Sharp said. “Terry’s dream was to raise awareness of cancer, and he lived to see it fulfilled. His achievement is a stunning reminder of what can be accomplished when just one person sets out to make a difference. Four Seasons is proud to have played a role in helping Terry’s dream come true – and in ensuring that it lives on through worldwide participation in the extraordinary fundraising event that he inspired.”

Tickets for Four Seasons “Hope for Life” are available at Rp 50,000 (US$5.70) per person at either Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay or at Four Seasons Resort at Sayan, Bali.

All of the proceeds from ticket sales and donations are given to support cancer care and treatment in Bali.

For more information, the public can call Dewi Lina at ++62-(0)0361-701010 or [email

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