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Media Advisory - The Tragically Hip to be honoured with commemorative plaque

Friday, March 31, 2017

KINGSTON – The Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) and Queen’s University will honour hometown heroes The Tragically Hip with a commemorative plaque recognizing the band and Canadians for their generous support of brain cancer research at CCTG.


A plaque presentation honouring the local music group.

The announcement last year that The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer, led to an outpouring of support from across the nation. Money donated to the Canadian Cancer Society by members of the public who wanted to show their support for Downie has made its way back to Kingston to the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) at Queen’s University.

The Canadian Cancer Society received $400,000 in donations that will be used by CCTG to conduct clinical trials research to improve treatments for brain cancer.


  • Canadian Cancer Society – Lynne Hudson, President & CEO 
  • Canadian Cancer Trials Group – Janet Dancey, Director
  • Canadian Cancer Trials Group  – Chris O’Callaghan, Senior Investigator
  • Queen’s University – Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Members of The Tragically Hip

There will be a photo opportunity with some members of the band after the presentation.


Tuesday, April 4, 10 am


Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG), Cancer Research Institute at Queen’s University, 10 Stuart Street.



Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca

Lisa Callahan, Communications Leader, Canadian Cancer Trials Group
343-363-7158 or lcallahan@ctg.queensu.ca