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Rare Disease Day 2020

Did you know approximately 1 in 12 Canadians, two-thirds of them children, are affected by a rare disease? Saturday, February 29, 2020, is Rare Disease Day, and we ask for your help in raising awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Though Duchenne is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, it is considered a […]


New Neuromuscular Network for Canada

Jesse’s Journey is proud to represent the Duchenne community in the new neuromuscular network for Canada, NMD4C (NMD for Canada). The neuromuscular network for Canada brings together the country’s leading clinical, scientific, technical and patient expertise to improve care, research and collaboration in neuromuscular disease. Launched in January 2020 with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health […]


Celebrate Past – Ignite New Vision

2020 is an exciting year for Jesse’s Journey as we celebrate our past and ignite a bold new vision for our future. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the organization as our founder, John Davidson, set out on an incredible mission to push his son, Jesse, across Ontario in his wheelchair – a trek of 3,339 […]


Jesse’s Journey Provides Game-Changing Grant Towards Therapeutic Trial

Jesse’s Journey is proud to announce its gift of $300,000 towards a breakthrough clinical trial, which may empower local researchers to discover a therapeutic solution to the degenerative disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The clinical trial is building upon promising Phase I research involving myoblast transplantation. This therapeutic approach applies to all Duchenne patients, independently of […]


Inaugural Defeat Duchenne Family Forum in Western Canada a Huge Success

More than 75 Canadians came together for the inaugural Defeat Duchenne Family Forum presented by PTC Therapeutics on Saturday, November 2, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. Families from across Western Canada affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy came together with world-renowned researchers, clinicians, and industry professionals for a day of education, inspiration, and hope. Read more here.


Double The Impact of Your Gift

Unless you’ve experienced it for yourself, it’s nearly impossible to understand the ramifications of finding out your loved one has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Jesse’s Journey is lucky to have the support of families who are brave enough to share their stories because they know it’s the only way we can hope to inspire understanding and […]


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 […]


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 […]


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