Actor John O’Hurley joins 11 other celebrities in a boat rally for cancer this weekend

John O’Hurley with participants at the Boat Rally in 2019. Photo courtesy of Boat Rally for Cancer

The Boat Rally for Cancer is returning to the waters of Lake Joseph and Lake Roseau this weekend in support of Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Center and the Ronald McDonald House, and actor John O’Hurley is one of a dozen celebrities coming out to support.

The boat rally began in 2013 following the success of its sister event, the Car Rally for Kids. Combined, the two events have raised more than $25 million for various charities over the years. This year’s boat rally is an outdoor event on August 19 and 20 where fundraising teams will compete in a surprise race-style competition followed by a gala dinner on Saturday evening. The first five teams to raise more than $20,000 get a celebrity navigator along for the ride. One of those celebrities is actor John O’Hurley, best known for his role as Jay Peterman. Seinfeld.

“It’s great to be able to come back to such a wonderful organization and such a wonderful event,” O’Hurley said. “We will rise [the lakes of] Muskoka is trying to raise money for the hospital there in Sunnybrook and the Ronald McDonald House here in Toronto with our boat rally, so it’s going to be a lot of fun, but most importantly, we have a great cause at the end. weekend.”

O’Hurley had been participating in car rallies for a few years when he decided to join the boat rally in 2017. Both events offer an obstacle course-style challenge where participants must complete specific tasks while solving clues that culminate in their race. the line

Festival after the boat rally in 2017
2017 Post-Boat Rally Festivities. Photo courtesy of Bot Rally for Cancer

In 2020, the boat rally was replaced by an online auction while in 2021 all participants were on boats for their bubbles. Boat parade and concert on the water. The modified approach meant there were no celebrity meet-and-greets, so while he was sad to be away from the rally during COVID, it’s surprising to be back at it now, O’Hurley said.

A dozen celebrities have turned out for the event, including NHL player Sam Gagner and actor Billy Baldwin. Because many have participated in the rally before, it’s like watching a family, O’Hurley said, a way to express the community they feel with each other and do some good at the same time. The event is always a lot of fun, but more than anything, it’s about helping people, especially children, deal with cancer and other chronic conditions.

“I’m very fortunate to be the father of a healthy 15-year-old who has just been a joy to raise,” O’Hurley said. “[Participating in the rally is] My thanks to the fact that God blessed me with a wonderful child and that Sunnybrook didn’t have to go through these incredible emotional and financial hardships of having a baby with their cancer treatment and some of the pain that can accompany both. their research.”

Odette Cancer Center at Sunnybrook Provides care for a wide range of cancer patients while working in cancer prevention, detection and education. The center oversees clinical trials and research to help improve patient outcomes, and is one of the largest cancer programs in North America.

Another charity benefiting from the boat rally is Ronald McDonald House, which provides housing and other resources for sick children and their families. Their facility allows families to live together near the hospital where their child is being treated, reducing the cost and complexity of an already difficult process.

Boat Rally in 2019. Photo courtesy of Bot Rally for Cancer

Heading into the rally this weekend, O’Hurley is excited to see how much has been raised for the two charities, and he encourages permanent and seasonal residents to support their fellow Ontarians through the event. Being a part of the boat rally is a summer tradition that O’Hurley plans to maintain for years to come, and it doesn’t hurt that events bring him back to beautiful Muskoka.

“I see no end,” he said. “I enjoy it and it brings me to Muskoka, which I think is one of the really great lake vistas in North America. It’s a lot of fun there, and I can understand why people embrace it as their summer home.”

For more information about the Boat Rally for Cancer, or to make a donation, visit event website. For regular updates over the weekend, follow along The event is on Facebook.

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