10th Annual Yes We Can & Jesse’s Journey Charity Fundraiser on Saturday, August 25
On Saturday, August 25, 2018, the Yes We Can fundraising event will support three local families and Jesse’s Journey. This will be our 10th year of supporting Brian Connors efforts to raise funds and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy through Brian’s Rice Lake Challenge.
Our first recipient pictured below in the middle is the family of one-year-old Sylas Gordon, from Port Hope. Sylas was diagnosed with Wilms tumour. In March, Sylas had the tumour, along with his right kidney removed during an 8-hour surgery. The tumour had split into his abdomen and is currently in stage 3. The immediate plan for Sylas is to have 7 treatments of radiation along with 6 to 9 months of chemo. This journey will require the family to spend time away from their home and workplace.
Our second local recipient is Nick Scarr pictured below on the left. Nick is a joyful, happy and athletic-minded 18 year old who has Cerebral Palsy. Nick does not sit, roll or transfer; he relies on the comfort and aid of his wheelchair to get through the day and lives life to the fullest. Nick’s mother Mandy is seeking financial support from Yes We Can to help cover a portion of this cost and whatever funds we provide will be mailed directly to the vendor of this equipment.
Our third recipient pictured on the right is the family Braydon Leclerc, son of Kelly and Abigail Leclerc, who came down with a rare disease called Lafora and has been hospitalized since January 2018 and needs full-time care. LAFORA is progressive myoclonic epilepsy; it is also a fatal autosomal recessive genetic disorder. Although there is no cure yet, researchers are very close on discovering the cure for such disease.
As we have for the past 10 years, a portion of our proceeds will be donated to Brian’s Rice Lake Challenge, in support of Jesse’s Journey, a charitable foundation where funding (over 90%), goes directly to research labs in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.