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Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research
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Through his music, his generosity, and his love for our country, Gord Downie has been there for us.

Sunnybrook would like to sincerely express our deep condolences to Gord's family, friends and loved ones. If you would like to share your own message of love, courage and support for the band, his family and other fans just like you please share a tribute message below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much has been raised for the Gord Downie Fund?

As of December 13, 2017, $2 million has been raised for Sunnybrook's Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.


How have donations from the Gord Downie Fund been used?

The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research will support two important initiatives:

  • The Gord Downie Fellowship in Brain Oncology
  • Construction of the G. Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre
    • Clinical and research space for neurologists who care for patients with brain cancer
    • Centre for Neuromodulation where clinical applications of focused ultrasound will be developed and advanced


What is glioblastoma?
  • A glioblastoma is the most common and most aggressive cancerous tumour that starts in the brain.
  • These tumours are made up of different cell types.
  • Glioblastomas are usually highly cancerous because the cells reproduce quickly and have a large network of blood vessels supporting them.
  • Like many brain tumour types, the exact cause of glioblastoma is not known.


How is glioblastoma treated?
  • At Sunnybrook, glioblastoma patients are treated at our Odette Cancer Centre.
  • Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.


Focused ultrasound

For the first time in history, treatment can be delivered deep inside the brain, where no scalpel can reach.

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Thank You video

Watch Sunnybrook's staff sing a special thank you to supporters of the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.

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Brain scan

Glioblastoma is highly aggressive and difficult to treat. You are helping Sunnybrook change that through research and innovative therapies.

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