Official Press Release of the Canadian Cancer Society
Olympic figure skater Eric Radford
joins forces with the Canadian Cancer Society
Half of the proceeds from the sales of the music single Tribute
will go towards saving more lives
Montreal, March 26, 2014 – The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is happy to announce that 50% of the proceeds from the sales of the music single Tribute, composed by figure skater Eric Radford seven years ago as a tribute to his trainer Paul Wirtz, who died of cancer aged 47, will go towards fighting the disease.
Broadcast on television channels all over the world, this composition provided the background music for the short figure skating program he performed with his partner Meagan Duhamel at the recent Winter Olympics. Tribute also accompanied the couple at the Skate Canada International in Saint John (New Brunswick) last October and will accompany them again today, March 26th, in Tokyo at the International Skating Union’s World Championships.
In Sotchi, Eric and Meagan finished 7th in the pairs figure skating competition and took the silver medal in the team event.
“I would like to thank Eric Radford and his associates for this generous gesture. Music is universal and it has been shown that it can help in tolerating treatment side effects as well as managing the stress often associated with this disease. So, we greeted the news that Eric Radford wanted to offer the CCS a portion of the money from the sales of Tribute enthusiastically,” says Sylvie Poissant, Acting Executive Director of the CCS – Quebec Division. “A very big thank you is also due to everyone who buys this original score for the benefit of the CCS’s research, prevention, and support activities.”
Born in Winnipeg, skater Eric Radford, who has been living and training in Montreal for the past few years, studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
You can buy the Tribute single now for $1.99 on cancer.ca/ericradford.
The composition was arranged by composer Louis Babin and performed by the string orchestra of the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil. The recording took place in Montreal’s Lamajeure studios.
Every day, the Canadian Cancer Society works to save more lives. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research, and support people touched by the disease. For more than 75 years, our goal has remained unchanged: do more so that fewer of us have to face cancer and more survive. Let’s save more lives: visit cancer.ca or call our Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.
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