The staff at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre have performed a musical cover/tribute video of The Tragically Hip's 1992 hit "Courage" to support lead singer Gord Downie.
Downie, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, is currently on the last leg of a cross-Canada concert tour behind the Hip's new album, Machine Man Poem, that will see the band perform three sold-out shows in Toronto this week before wrapping up in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario, Aug. 20, which will be nationally-televised. It is expected to be the Hip's final tour.
In the video more than a hundred staff can be seen singing on the facility's front lawn while surrounding a giant red "Thank You" sign in a heart in the grass.
Throughout the Man Machine Poem Tour Hip fans had been encouraged to donate to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. A portion of the ticket sales will also be donated to the foundation.
Sunnybrook says these donations will give them "the tools to help beat brain cancers that are currently unbeatable. Right now we're investigating new drugs, surgical techniques and genetic therapies. We're using ultrasound to help drugs reach tumours that couldn't be reached before. Your support will help us conduct groundbreaking research that benefits patients not only at Sunnybrook, but across Canada and around the world."
Watch the Sunnybrook staff perform Tragically Hip's "Courage"/homme/nike-dunk-sb