Earlier this month, Canadian Music Week announced that the members of RUSH would be the 2017 recipients of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at Canadian Music Week in April. Part of this prestigious Humanitarian award includes $40,000 to be made to the recipient's charity of choice.
The members of RUSH — Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart — have unanimously decided to direct the funds to the Gord Downie Fund For Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook.
Said RUSH in a statement: "We are pleased to direct this generous donation from the Allan Slaight Humanitarian award to the Gord Downie Fund For Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook. Many Canadian families have been affected either directly or indirectly by this terrible disease. Through Gord's courageous efforts this cause is now getting the attention it desperately deserves. As a fellow musician and friend, it's our turn to help support his efforts to fight brain cancer now."
"We are thrilled to learn RUSH has made such a donation," commented Dr. James Perry, head of neurology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. "The Gord Downie Fund For Brain Cancer Research will help give us the tools we need to find ways to treat the untreatable. Right now we are investigating new drugs, surgical techniques and genetic therapies. We are using ultrasound to reach tumours that couldn't be reached before. The funds so generously donated by RUSH will support us as we continue our pioneering work, to the benefit of brain cancer patients not only across Canada but around the world."
To join RUSH and make a personal donation to the Gord Downie Fund For Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook, go to www.sunnybrook.ca/gord.
The Allan Slaight Humanitarian award will be presented at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday April 20, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom at the Toronto Sheraton Centre Hotel.