Trust Canadians to come up with a lumberjack-esque way to fight cancer.
On June 16, thousands of workplaces across the country will don plaid clothing to raise funds for prostate cancer research in an event called Plaid for Dad.
Canadian actor Eric McCormack, best known for his roles in Will and Grace and the Vancouver-shot Travelers is Prostate Cancer Canada’s Plaid for Dad ambassador and joined Jon McComb to explain what it’s about.
LISTEN: Eric McCormack talks Plaid for Dad
McCormack lost his own dad to prostate cancer nine years ago, the second time his father battled the disease.
“I know we can do better, I know we can in the future. This is a battle that means a lot to me.”
He says part of the problem is that taking action on the disease starts with talking about it, something many men are uncomfortable about.
“There’s a lot of guys sitting in their cars right now, driving to work, and the last thing they want to think about is going to their doctor’s and having him snap on a rubber glove. But look, this is what we have to do. It’s the silence that will kill us.”
He says that’s why the plaid idea is so important – it takes a serious subject and makes it silly.
“[We want] everyone across Canada on June 16, two days before Father’s Day, to wear something plaid from head to toe, or just a plaid tie or plaid shirt, and take pictures of it and put it on social media.”
“If everyone around you is wearing plaid, well that’s a reason to say ‘hey, we’re doing this together.”
McCormack is currently in town filming a second season of Showcase’s Travelers, and says the first season should be appearing soon on Netflix Canada.
But if you’re a fan and can’t wait, he says he along with several other cast members from the SciFi show will be reading a play called Burn This June 17, with all proceeds going to prostate cancer research.