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.


This year’s event will begin with Brian’s Rice Lake Challenge. Brian Connor and George Bennett will complete a 4 ½ kilometer trek across Rice Lake, cyclists will be riding 100 km around the perimeter of the lake and once again we will be encouraging participants to join in on the “Tyler’s Walk” for Duchenne with the option of a leisurely 3 km or 6 km walk, beginning and ending at the Government Dock in Gores Landing.

Tyler Lynn, a local young man from Cobourg who suffers from Duchenne’s, has been an active participant in the Yes We Can event for the past 9 years. Tyler’s walk will begin from 9:00 am to 9:30 am and arrive back in time to greet the swimmers and cyclists on their arrival between 10:00 am and 10:30 am.

The Yes We Can Annual Charity golf tournament will follow the events at Rice Lake with a hole scramble at Dalewood Golf & Country Club.

We will utilize the entire 18 holes with foursomes playing either the front nine or the back nine in a fun-filled shotgun scramble format. Check-in will begin at 12:30 pm, followed by a shotgun start at 2:00 pm (golf range will be open to all participants).

For those not participating in the golf are welcome to join us anytime in the afternoon; cocktail service will begin at 5:00 pm with a buffet dinner to be served around 6:00 pm. Music and entertainment will run from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm.