Gord Downie brain cancer research fund gets a $30,000 boost from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

19 August 2016

Toronto -

Following 3 sold-out Tragically Hip shows at the Air Canada Centre last week, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) today donated $30,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society. This money will kick-start the Society’s brain cancer research fund in honour of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip.

Downie, the band’s lead singer, announced in May that he has glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer that is currently not curable.

"The Canadian Cancer Society is grateful for this generous donation from MLSE, which will go directly to fund brain cancer research in hospitals and universities across Canada," says Dr Siân Bevan, vice-president of research at the Canadian Cancer Society. "Our mission is to eradicate cancer and improve the quality of life of people living with cancer."

Tomorrow night (August 20) The Tragically Hip will take to the stage in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario, and Canadians across the country will be watching the concert live on CBC TV. Fans attending more than 150 events are encouraged to donate to the brain cancer research fund in Downie's honour.

To donate, text the word "FIGHT" to 20222 to donate $10, $20 or $25. All donations will go directly to fund brain cancer research in honour of Gord Downie.

"Every dollar counts. We encourage all Canadians to help fund research into this hard-to-treat cancer," says Dr Bevan.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society funds the best cancer research in Canada thanks to our generous donors and our rigorous peer review process. We are the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, funding hundreds of researchers in universities, hospitals and research centres. Make your gift today at cancer.ca. 939-3333 (TTY: 1-866-786-3934).

For more information, contact:
Christine Harminc
Canadian Cancer Society