The Tragically Hip’s recent Man Machine Poem Tour has inspired more than $1 million in donations for brain cancer research in Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Sunnybrook Foundation report.
In May, the beloved Canadian rock band’s lead singer Gord Downie revealed he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and the band embarked on what people perceived to be their last tour, which saw 15 sold-out cross-Canada shows.
With heightened emotions from fans, the Sunnybrook Foundation has claimed donations of nearly $800,000 for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. While the Canadian Cancer Society has received almost $400,000 in donations for the Canadian Cancer Trials Group.
Donations have reportedly come from a combination of bake sales, raffles, concert viewing parties and ticket sales.
“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,” Dr. James Perry, head of neurology at Sunnybrook, said in a statement on Monday. “To all those who have donated to brain cancer research, thank you.”