The Tragically Hip's Fans Have Raised Over $1 Million for Cancer Research
Published Sep 19, 2016According to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Sunnybrook Foundation, charitable fans of the Tragically Hip have helped raise over $1 million for brain cancer research in Canada this year.
Spokespeople for the Sunnybrook Foundation say that donations towards the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, which was started up this spring after the singer revealed that he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, have totaled nearly $800,000.
Additionally, the Canadian Cancer Society's Dr. Sian Bevan says an estimated $400,000 in donations will go towards Kingston, ON's Canadian Cancer Trials Group, which "carries out clinical trials in cancer therapy, supportive care and prevention across Canada and internationally."
It's explained in a press release that the money was raised through ticket sales for the Hip's Man Machine Poem tour and from concert viewing parties, as well as through bake sales, raffles and more.
"At Sunnybrook and at cancer centres across the globe, we are making important advances in brain tumour treatment, and support like this helps us continue our work," Sunnybrook neurology head Dr. James Perry noted in a statement, in addition to thanking people for their donations.
The Hip's summer tour ran 15 dates, starting out in Victoria, BC and concluding with a nationally televised final show in their hometown of Kingston, ON on August 20.