A couple of months ago, the mayor of Toronto awarded Rush the key to the city — and they were named as recipients of Canadian Music Week‘s Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award for 2017. They’re now paying that forward: they’re donating $40,000 to a charity of their choice, which turns out to be the Gord Downie Fund For Brain Cancer Research at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital.
Quoth a media release from the band: “We are pleased to direct this generous donation from the Allan Slaight Humanitarian award to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook. Many Canadian families have been affected either directly or indirectly by this terrible disease. Through Gord’s courageous efforts this cause is now getting the attention it desperately deserves. As a fellow musician and friend, it’s our turn to help support his efforts to fight brain cancer now.”
Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year. Following the Tragically Hip‘s cross-country trek on the Man Machine Poem tour, he released his solo album Secret Path, which sets to music the heartbreaking story of Chanie Wenjack, who died in the wilderness after running away from his residential school 50 years ago.
“We are thrilled to learn Rush has made such a donation,” says Dr. James Perry, head of neurology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research will help give us the tools we need to find ways to treat the untreatable. Right now we are investigating new drugs, surgical techniques and genetic therapies. We are using ultrasound to reach tumours that couldn’t be reached before. The funds so generously donated by Rush will support us as we continue our pioneering work, to the benefit of brain cancer patients not only across Canada but around the world.”
If you’d also like to step up, you can donate to Gord’s fund right here.