Canadian musical icons ‘Rush’ are giving the monetary portion of an award they’re to receive to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.
It’s named after the ‘Tragically Hip’ frontman, who’s been diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of the disease.
The $40,000 is part of the ‘Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award,’ which Rush will receive at next April’s Canadian Music Week, in recognition of all they’ve done for causes such as Doctors Without Borders, United Way and their local food bank.
The award says the money must go to the recipient’s charity of choice.
On its Facebook page, Rush says it chose the fund that supports brain cancer research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
”Through gord’s courageous efforts this cause is now getting the attention it desperately deserve,” group members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart said in the post.
”As a fellow musician and friend it’s our turn to help support his efforts to fight brain cancer now.”
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