Earlier this month we reported that Canadian Music Week would honour Rush as the 2017 recipients of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award this coming April. A portion of the prize is a $40,000 donation to the recipient’s charity of choice.
Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart will direct the funds to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital.
“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,” says the band in a statement. “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 of the Tragically Hip performing in Toronto, on August 10, 2016
“We are thrilled to learn Rush has made such a donation,” says Dr. James Perry, head of neurology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to Canadian Music Week. “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.”
It’s incredible to see Canadian musicians coming together to support one another in times of need–such a beautiful statement made by Rush.
You can join Rush in donating to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook by clicking here.
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