“The Tragically Hip” is a Canadian rock band that has grown from a local favorite into a national craze over the past 30 years. Gord Downie, the band’s lead singer, was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer earlier this year.
In light of this diagnosis, former Toronto Maple Leaf and longtime friend of the band Doug Gilmour has rallied behind the group in efforts to raise money for cancer research, as expanded upon in the article from TSN linked below. Gilmour was a fan-favorite in Toronto and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011. He compiled over 1,400 points in nearly 1,500 NHL games. Known as “Killer” in his playing days, Gilmour has championed the “Courage: Let’s Do It For Gordie” campaign, named for the lead singer of “The Hip”, donating many pieces of memorabilia to be raffled off in order to raise money. The movement looks to raise money for the Sunnybrook Foundation in support of cancer research, especially brain cancer. This is a wonderful example of an athlete remaining a role model and making a difference in the world long after his playing days have ended.