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Catholic Schools Targeted to Join Massive Embryonic Stem Cell Research Fundraiser

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TORONTO, November 3, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Canada's annual Terry Fox run is an inspiring and motivational fundraiser for cancer research invigorated by the loving memory of Canadian hero Terry Fox. Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have a leg amputated. Nonetheless Fox decided to run across Canada to help cancer victims. After over 300 miles he was forced to stop as cancer had spread to his lungs. He died at a tender 22.

With that driving force Canadians have raised over $360 million for Cancer research through the annual Terry Fox run. Many schools empty on the day of the run as students take part in the event.

However, the fun ended for pro-life Canadians in 2002, when the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the sole beneficiary of the funds raised through the Terry Fox run, announced its intention to finance destructive research on human embryos. One such study listed on the NCI website is that of researcher Juan Carlos Zuniga-Pflucker at Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre who is working on "In vitro generation of lymphocytes from embryonic stem cells". He has received three installments of $118,780 and is scheduled for another two installments before 2007.

The Terry Fox run website confirms, "The National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) is the beneficiary of the money raised from the Terry Fox Run in Canada." http://www.terryfoxrun.org/english/research/default.asp?s=1

The Position Statement on Research Using Embryonic Stem Cells for the National Cancer Institute of Canada says it "will fund human embryonic stem cell research in accordance with the guidelines developed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)."

Canadian Catholic schools have so far participated in the run despite the Cancer Institute's funding of unethical and Church-condemned embryonic stem cell research since 2002. LifeSiteNews.com has learned that Catholic schools within the Toronto area are being heavily targeted by Terry Fox Run organizers to participate in the event in 2005.

To express concerns to Toronto Cardinal Alysius Ambrozic: 
Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic
Catholic Pastoral Centre  
1155 Yonge street, Suite 502
Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1W2
Telephone: (416) 934-0606, ext. 609; FAX: (416) 934-3452

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