Hitchhiker strips down to undies for cancer awareness
Mark McIntyre, AKA “The Gitchhiker", strips down and hitchhikes in his underwear on Robson Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday November 14, 2012, Mark, a testicular cancer survivor, is attempting to thumb his way from Vancouver to Truro, Nova Scotia and if he makes it in 21 days, Stanfield’s will donate $20,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Any Lower Mainlanders who spot a half-naked man flagging down cars in nothing but his tighty-whities don’t necessarily need to call the authorities — Mark McIntyre is just a “gitchhiker” trying to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Wearing only boots, a toque and a pair of briefs stencilled with a hitchhiker’s thumb, the testicular cancer survivor set off on his cross-country journey Wednesday in Vancouver.
The Ontario native said he’s not exactly certain how drivers will react when they see him trying to bum a ride on Canada’s cold highways.
“But you know what? Canadians are good folk, and I think they’ll understand that we’re trying to do this for a good cause and we’re just trying to have some fun with it.”
People can jump to gitchhiker.com to follow McIntyre’s underwear jaunt and even propose dares — such as going for a polar bear swim — in exchange for donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Stanfield’s Clothing, which is sponsoring the journey, will give $20,000 to McIntyre’s cause if he can make it all the way to the company’s factory in Truro, N.S. in three weeks wearing only his skivvies.
He acknowledged hitchhiking is not allowed in much of the country, which is why he began his journey in the city limits.
“I think for something like this, it’s just to have some fun and bring awareness to below-the-belt cancer. I don’t think I’ll end up in jail.”