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The Effects of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy on Families

The effects of Duchenne muscular dystrophy are not just physical manifestations experienced by the child. There are enormous emotional effects that impact the families of these children as well.

When John and Jesse Davidson set out to cross Ontario in 1995, they hit the road alone. They hadn’t yet met anyone else facing Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Through their journey together, and through John’s later crossing of Canada, they met many families who shared their own experiences with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Since that time, more than one hundred families affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy have made Jesse’s Journey their journey, too. These families have come together to share their stories, support each other through difficult times, and raise money for research to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Please click the links below to learn more about some of these families.

If you would like to share your family’s story on the Jesse’s Journey website, please contact Megan at megan@jessesjourney.com.


SEDMIHRADSKY FAMILY

  It was a staff member at Max’s daycare centre who first noticed something was wrong.  He fell a lot and was a little behind the other kids when it came to climbing and moving about. We had a feeling that something wasn’t right when Max couldn’t master the ability to jump. We eventually took him […]

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Jesse Davidson

JESSE DAVIDSON

Jesse Davidson was born in London, Ontario, Canada in 1980. He was one of three sons born to John and Sherene Davidson – Tyler is the eldest and Tim is the youngest. When he was six years old, Jesse was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As a youngster in grade school Jesse was both a […]

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Cavalier Family portrait

CAVALIER FAMILY

My name is Amy Cavalier. My husband Josh and I live in Cambridge, with our two sons, Kaleb and Liam, and both boys have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We got the diagnosis of Duchenne for both boys when a teacher at school (who knew another student with Duchenne) noticed that Kaleb (7 at the time) was […]

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Morden & Lindsay family

MORDEN AND LINDSAY FAMILY

What would you do if you got the call? My wife Heather and I can still remember the day in November 2002 when Heather’s sister Darlene called to tell us their son Eric had been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Darlene and her husband Mike were obviously distraught. It was a day that would change […]

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Errict Lavery-2

ERRICT LAVERY

“When researchers work together, miracles can happen.”  That inspiring quote from Jesse Davidson remains at the core of Jesse’s Journey’s goal to defeat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Because of the generosity of our donors, families, volunteers and supporters, researchers are able to continue working together. They are collaborating on new visions, testing new theories, and are […]

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