Jesse's Journey Foundation

Defeat Duchenne. Change Lives.

20th anniversary of John Davidson’s walk across Canada

On April 10, 1998, Jesse’s Journey: A Father’s Tribute began. John Davidson dipped his shoes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland and in that moment, he realized he was closer to Ireland than he was to Victoria, British Columbia. But, Victoria was where he was headed, and he set out on foot to raise research dollars for, and awareness of, Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The journey, tagged “Ten Million Strides for Ten Million Dollars”, took John 286 days as he walked the 8,300km across the country. On January 20, 1999 he dipped those same shoes into the Pacific Ocean. From big cities, to small towns, to country roads, Canadians showed incredible support for Jesse’s Journey and contributed more than $2M.


John was awarded the Guinness World Record for “the fastest crossing of Canada on foot”. His dedication inspired Canadians from coast to coast when he asked “How far would you go for someone you love?”

20 years later, John’s legacy continues. Jesse’s Journey is the only charity in Canada solely dedicated to funding research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Thanks to the continued support of dedicated families, donors, volunteers, and supporters boys and young men with Duchenne are living longer lives and experiencing better quality of life. Clinical trials are underway around the world and the results are promising.

For more information about how you can be part of John’s legacy, please click here.