The Douglas Wright Foundation’s Eclipse Melanoma Party was held on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. The event featured a silent auction, barbecue dinner, open bar and another beautiful night on the island with family and friends.

This event marked our foundation's 6th year, and provided an opportunity to update our valued donors and friends on all of our exciting projects and activities.


 Michael exiting lake ontario after a successful crossing. photo by laura lanktree.

Michael exiting lake ontario after a successful crossing. photo by laura lanktree.

Just over six months ago Michael McIsaac stepped out of the cold waters by Marilyn Bell Park, successfully completing a fifty-one kilometre marathon swim across Lake Ontario. Michael completed the swim in twenty two hours and twenty two minutes, becoming the 61st person in history to achieve this accomplishment. In this effort, Crossing for a Cause raised over $140,000 for the Douglas Wright Foundation and, as importantly, successfully promoted awareness in our community of the grave dangers of melanoma and the importance of practicing sun safety.

Michael and his crew of thirty commenced their grueling journey from Niagara-on-the-Lake on August 22nd at 12:18 am. Starting and finishing the swim in complete darkness, Michael had to endure choppy waters, cold temperatures and a nagging shoulder injury.

Although we cannot fully capture the experience that was Crossing for a Cause, the Foundation was truly lucky to have as part of the crew Laura Lanktree, an accomplished documentary filmmaker and founder of LLChemy.

We are excited to give you access to Laura’s short documentary about Crossing for a Cause, which is now available for viewing below, or by clicking here.

Please also visit the Crossing for a Cause website for news clips capturing Michael training and the swim. 

We would like to once again thank all of our donors, and in particular our kilometer sponsors who are listed on the website. Crossing for a Cause would not have been a success without your support, donations and continuous encouragement. We thank you for your support and for helping us make Crossing for a Cause a lifetime achievement. 

Most importantly, we are so incredibly proud of Michael McIsaac for completing this monumental challenge, and cannot thank him enough for his decision to support our cause. Congratulations Michael, and thank you so much.


We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new video campaign! May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Let's make sun protection a #newfamilyrule!

See below to view the video, and please visit our campaign website at www.newfamilyrule.com.

Crossing for a Cause

Please support Michael McIsaac, as he prepares to attempt a solo swim across Lake Ontario to support the fight against melanoma. Michael has already raised nearly $57,000, with all proceeds being donated to the Douglas Wright Foundation. We are incredibly honoured to have Michael's confidence and support. 

You will find additional details about this incredible initiative at Crossing for a Cause. You may also join Michael on his Facebook pagePlease also visit our News Page for additional updates.

Doug lived life with enthusiasm, sharing his boundless energy with everyone around him. He brought us together, and we are better for it. Our mission, inspired by Doug, is that if we work together we can put an end to melanoma.