In 2009, Brian Connor from London, Ontario, reached out to a local group of childhood friends and colleagues from Cobourg to help support his swim across Rice Lake in support of Jesse’s Journey. Brian’s swim was in memory of his two brothers, Kevin and Terry who lost their battle at an early age to Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. With 3 weeks to organize, our first golf, dinner and dance fundraiser was such an enjoyable success, we decided to make this an annual event.
In late Spring 2010, as we began to make plans for our August event, our organizing committee learned of a family in need of support to purchase a vehicle, equipped with a loading ramp for a wheelchair to help transport a son who was growing and getting to heavy to lift in and out of the vehicle.
, a local boy who suffers with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Our committee, with the support of Brian Connor, decided to split the proceeds of the funds “our” group raised, equally between Jesse’s Journey and the Lynn family. To separate the two efforts, we needed a name for ourselves and this was the beginning of “Yes We Can”.
Tyler and his family have continued to be a big part of the Yes We Can and Jesse’s Journey, attending our annual events including Cobourg Cougar’s sponsorship night; Brian’s Rice Lake Challenge and the Yes We Can Golf Dinner and Dance fundraiser. “Walk with Tyler”, will be a part of Brian’s Rice Lake Challenge and Tyler’s aunt, Sharyn Lynn-Weese, has become one of the major participants and fundraisers of this event in support of Jesse’s Journey.
Yes We Can continues to be an annual supporter of Jesse’s Journey. Their commitment, research, and dedication to direct their fundraising efforts to research labs making promising headway is helping us get closer to finding a cure for this terrible disease.
The gratitude we received from the Lynn family following our 2010 event, inspired our Yes We Can Committee to think about our local community and reach out to individuals and/or local families in need of assistance during challenging times. Needless to say, the past 6 years have been extremely rewarding to all of our committee members and families alike. We have met and got to know some very wonderful and courageous people who have allowed us to share in a positive, uplifting experience together. Yes, we truly believe our efforts are making a difference within our community and we hope to continue to make our annual fundraiser as an enjoyable and fulfilling event for everyone involved.