Olympic figure skater Eric Radford joins forces with the Canadian Cancer Society

26 March 2014

Montreal -

The Canadian Cancer Society is happy to announce that 50% of the proceeds from the sales of the single “Tribute” – composed by figure skater Eric Radford 7 years ago as a tribute to his trainer Paul Wirtz, who died of cancer at age 47 – will go toward fighting the disease.

The composition was broadcast all over the world as it provided the background music for the short figure skating program Radford performed with his partner Meagan Duhamel at the Sochi Winter Olympics.“Tribute” also accompanied the couple’s skate at the Skate Canada International in Saint John last October and will be used again today in Tokyo at the International Skating Union’s World Championships.

At the recent Olympics, Radford and Duhamel finished 7th in the pairs figure skating competition and took the silver medal in the team event.

“I would like to thank Eric Radford and his associates for this generous gesture. Music is universal, and it has been shown that it can help with cancer treatment side effects as well as managing the stress often associated with this disease. So, we were thrilled that Eric Radford offered the Society a portion of the money from the sales of his composition,” says Sylvie Poissant, Acting Executive Director of the Society’s Quebec Division. “A very big thank you is also due to everyone who buys this original score for the benefit of our research, prevention and support activities.”

Radford studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He was born in Winnipeg and has been living and training in Montreal for the past few years.

You can buy “Tribute” for $1.99 on cancer.ca/ericradford. The composition was arranged by composer Louis Babin and performed by the string orchestra of the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil. It was recorded at Montreal’s Lamajeure studios.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

For more information, please contact:

André Beaulieu

Porte-parole et conseiller principal, Relations publiques

Société canadienne du cancer

Phone: 514-393-3444