How To Donate To The Gord Downie Fund For Brain Cancer Research

08/21/2016 10:57 EDT | Updated 08/21/2016 10:59 EDT

In light of lead singer Gord Downie's terminal cancer diagnosis, The Tragically Hip has teamed up with Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital to fight brain cancer.

Downie was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour, which is the common and aggressive type of tumour that starts in the brain.

Glioblastoma affects two to three people per 100,000 in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Its exact cause is unknown, but current research is pointing to genetic mutation.

Sunnybrook says it treats about 250 people with glioblastoma per year.

Because of how rapidly the cancerous cells can reproduce, the average survival for most glioblastoma cases is less than one year, even with aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research will support research into new drugs, techniques, and therapies to fight "unbeatable" brain cancers.

You can make a donation to the fund online here.

With files from The Canadian Press

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