With donations coming in from across the country and around the world, Sunnybrook Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society are pleased to announce that through The Tragically Hip’s recent tour more than $1 million has been raised so far for brain cancer research in Canada.

Tragically Hip leadMoved by the announcement that Gord Downie was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer that currently has no cure, thousands of fans joined together to raise funds through events and donations for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and for the Canadian Cancer Society.

From bake sales to raffles to concert viewing parties and ticket sales, thousands of fans have translated their emotional response to Mr. Downie’s diagnosis into action that will make a difference to those diagnosed with this life-threatening disease.

Locally, $3,575.63 was raised in Cranbrook and a total of $14,000 was tallied in the Southern Interior.
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The Hip event in Cranbrook could not have been possible without the support of Key City Theatre staff and volunteers, Dewey’s Pub staff and guest bartender Tom Shypitka, Shaw Communication, PB Pro Audio & Lighting, Darren Brewer and River’s Crossing.

To date, almost $800,000 has been donated to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook. This fund will give brain cancer researchers the tools to help beat brain cancers that are currently unbeatable.

Right now, Sunnybrook scientists are investigating new drugs, surgical techniques and genetic therapies. They are using ultrasound to help drugs reach tumours that couldn’t be reached before. The funds raised this past summer will help brain scientists conduct ground-breaking research that benefits patients not only across Canada but around the world.