“He is an icon for Canadians everywhere. What Terry Fox did for cancer lives until this day, and what Gord has done for brain tumours I think will live on for generations to come” said Dr. Arjun Sahgal speaking to the Toronto Sun, he is the director of the Cancer Ablation Therapy Program at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital which is where Gord Downie was treated for his terminal brain cancer.
The story line that followed the Tragically Hip frontman’s cancer reveal helped raise awareness and money during the bands final tour and the months to follow but after Downie’s death this week the research fund named in his honour ‘The Gord Downie Fund For Brain Cancer’ increased notably with $100,000 being donating within 24 hrs of his passing.
“The activity has increased and I think that’s obviously in response to the tragic news of his loss and people’s interest in simply doing something.”
Dr. Sahgal treated Downie every day for six weeks after his initial diagnosis and said that he was a ‘very special person’ but also truly a giver and will help brain tumour patients and the ‘entire movement’
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