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Watching my friend Gord Downie perform with the Tragically Hip in Kingston, Ontario in August was one of the most moving experiences of my life. I was fortunate to attend a show that millions of Canadians watched across the country, united by the Hip and cheering for Gord.

A few of the folks on the way to tonight's show in Kingston. #ahipfanphoto #manmachinepoemtour #HipInKingston #cbcthehip

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As you know, Gord was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer called Glioblastoma. Doctors say it’s one of the most aggressive kinds of cancer and it’s very difficult to treat. He received the news before the Tragically Hip’s cross-country tour. Somehow, he found the strength and will to carry on the tour while facing the scariest reality a person can face. He travelled from coast to coast inspiring us all with his music — and, of course, with his courage.

What a great night Hamilton, thank you! #manmachinepoemtour (Photo by Mike Homer)

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In doing so, Gord used his courage to raise much needed awareness to the efforts to find a cure for a disease that affects so many people. And just like many of you, he inspired me to do whatever I can to make a difference.That’s why I wanted to get involved in the effort to raise awareness and support for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook. I want to bring my friends in the hockey community and fans everywhere to support the effort to end this terrible disease once and for all. 

Sunnybrook has one of the best rosters in the world when it comes to searching for a cure for brain cancers. Its researchers collaborate with the global community to develop and test ways to fight this unpredictable and highly mutational form of cancer. They have made great strides in that effort, but they need our help.  The best research and technology requires funding—much more than grants alone can provide. But if enough people get behind something, amazing things can happen. Even the smallest contributions help. Everyone can play an important role in the effort to cure this terrible disease. 

Despite his situation, Gord used his platform to try to make a lasting difference. Let’s be inspired by that. In whatever ways we can—just like Gord—let’s help make a difference too. To donate to the Courage campaign, please click here


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