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Why Canada needs a comprehensive rare disease strategy

With over 7,000 rare conditions already identified and dozens more being discovered every day, it is estimated that rare diseases impact 1 in 12 Canadians, two-thirds of whom are children. But each disease affects only a handful of individuals, so understanding and medical expertise are limited and uneven across the country. Many of these conditions […]


PTC Therapeutics Announces First-Ever Winners of Its PRIORITY Program To Support Research Projects In Rare, Genetic Disorders

– $545,000 awarded to help improve Duchenne muscular dystrophy diagnosis and screening across the globe –SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT) today announced the three funding recipients from PRIORITY, an annual program to support outstanding clinical research by the rare genetic disorders community. This year’s funding will accelerate innovative research projects to improve Duchenne […]


Treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy focus of new research partnership

Toronto, Ontario – Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) and The Foundation for Gene & Cell Therapy (Jesse’s Journey) are joining forces to accelerate ground-breaking research focused on new treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy to the sum of $600,000. Through this partnership, MDC will provide $300,000 with Jesse’s Journey matching the commitment. Two research projects will be […]


International Preferences for Duchenne Treatments Study

The International Preferences for Duchenne Treatment Study is now open in Canada. Jesse’s Journey has partnered with Johns Hopkins University, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, and other Duchenne advocacy organizations from around the world on this important study. This survey is the first international study to measure the preferences and priorities of people with Duchenne and […]


2018 in Review

As 2018 comes to a close, we are taking a look back at a very special year for Jesse’s Journey. Here are just a few of the highlights: This year marked the 20th anniversary of our founder, John Davidson’s, walk across Canada. John set out on April 10, 1998 from St. John’s, Newfoundland with a […]


Jesse’s Journey Grants 10 Millionth Dollar to Research

On November 21, Jesse’s Journey announced to donors, volunteers, and families who are facing Duchenne muscular dystrophy that as of 2018, Jesse’s Journey has granted a cumulative total of more than $10 million to research. For more than 20 years, Jesse’s Journey has been dedicated to funding research focused on Duchenne muscular dystrophy – the […]


Reclaim the Day

We’re pleased to share this message from our friends at Stand for Duchenne about a new initiative they have created called Reclaim the Day. Many Duchenne families, including ours, will never forget the day their children were diagnosed. The feeling of shock, panic, and helplessness is only a fraction of the emotions that we all […]


Pull a Plane to Defeat Duchenne

On Saturday, September 22 more than 100 people came out to the Jet Aircraft Museum in London, Ontario for the first “Pull a Plane to Defeat Duchenne”. This first-time event was held in partnership with Western University’s Commercial Aviation Management program. Participants teamed up to pull a 10,000lb, beautifully-restored Canadian T33 jet 50 metres across the […]


Jesse’s Journey Welcomes New Executive Director

We have a new leader of the team here at Jesse’s Journey.   We are pleased to announce that Perry Esler will be assuming the role of Executive Director on October 1st. Perry is no stranger to Jesse’s Journey, having been on the road with us in 1995. He comes to us with more than […]


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