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Rush donate $40,000 to Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research

TORONTO — Canadian rockers Rush are donating $40,000 from an award they are receiving to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.

The money is part of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, which Rush will get at Canadian Music Week in April.

The award dictates that the prize money be donated to the recipient's charity of choice.

In a posting on its Facebook page, Rush says it chose the fund that supports brain cancer research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

The fund is named after the Tragically Hip frontman, who has been diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of brain cancer.

"Through Gord's courageous efforts this cause is now getting the attention it desperately deserves," Rush 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."