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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 […]


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 […]


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