Jesse's Journey Foundation

Defeat Duchenne. Change Lives.


2018 is a very special year for Jesse’s Journey – it marks the 20th anniversary of John Davidson’s walk across Canada, and is also on track to be the year we grant our 10 millionth dollar to research!

Virtual Walk-run-roll – February Through October, 2018


Join your fellow Canadians in virtually walking across the country! The 1998 walk was titled Jesse's Journey: A Father's Tribute - 10 Million Strides for 10 Million Dollars. We challenge you to walk 10 million strides in 2018!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here to find out more.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

The Davidson Family

Isaac's Trek for Treats - October 27, 2018

Join Isaac's Trek for Treats again this year! There's a new "Isaac's Trek" 100m route, raffles throughout October, prizes for best costumes and top fundraisers. For more details and to register, click here.

Steak Night Fundraiser - October 27, 2018

Sasakatoon friends: Join Team Br-Avery in the fight to defeat duchenne! This steak night fundraiser at Louis' (93 Campus Dr.) in Saskatoon will feature a cocktails and appetizers, a delicious steak dinner, and live music by Sona Reid Noble. Please contact Kari at to purchase tickets!

Looking to Volunteer for Jesse’s Journey? Fill out the form here


Past Events

Pull a Plane to Defeat Duchenne - September 22, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out to watch, cheer on, participate, and donate! We had a great day at the Jet Aircraft Museum, and raised over $6,000 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. You can still donate or pledge a team here. Check out the video on YouTube and photos from the day in our gallery. Stay tuned for details of next year's Pull a Plane to Defeat Duchenne!

Brian Connor's Rice Lake Challenge - August 25, 2018

The 10th annual Rice Lake Challenge was amazing! This event has been unstoppable, with so many ways to get involved over the years: The 4.5km swim across Rice Lake, the 101km cycle around Rice Lake, the 31km paddle along Rice Lake, Tyler's Walk, the 24-hour Tree Sit, and the Yes We Can golf tournament! Raising over $300,000 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research over the last 10 years, we would like to thank everyone involved in the Rice Lake Challenge for all of your incredible work and dedication. You can still donate to this event here.

(video credit: Chanel Irwin)

Brock Janes Golf Classic - August 25, 2018

Another anniversary event! This was the 10th year for the Brock Janes Golf Classic, held this year at Deer Run Golf in Ajax. A beautiful course and a beautiful day, we hope everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you so much to the Janes family and all friends, family, supporters and golfers. Over the last 10 years, this event has raised over $200,000 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. Thank you!!

Tory's Tourney - August 11, 2018

Another beautiful day for Tory's Tourney. Thank you to all who joined us for the 15th year! Check out some photos of the day here.

24 Hour Tree-Sit - August 4, 2018

You can still donate to Rob's Tree Sit here!

Rob Tinney, of Tindall-Wharram Tree Service, once again perched high up in the east poplar tree in Victoria Beach Park, Cobourg, from 7am August 4th to 7am August 5th. The 24-hour Tree Sit is in its third year, and is part of the Rice Lake Challenge. This year's tree-sit raised over $2,600! A big thank you to Rob for taking on this fundraiser again, and to all those who supported and donated.

Max's Big Climb - July 21, 2018

Over 120 riders made their way up Sydenham Hill on Saturday. Well done and many thanks to all of those who participated in, supported, and organized this great event!

Jeff Preston Celebrity Golf Tournament - July 20, 2018

The annual Jeff Preston Celebrity Golf Tournament in support of Muscular Dystrophy research was held at the Saugeen Golf Club in Port Elgin on July 20,2018. 

The tournament, largely because of celebrity support and commitment from Rotary and matching grants, has raised more than $1.3 million for MD Research, with over $120,000 supporting Duchenne muscular dystrophy research!


Ice Cream Ride - June 23, 2018

Well the weather didn't cooperate this year, but we still had over 120 riders show up to complete the 6km and 29km Ice Cream Rides! The Ice Cream Ride raised over $5,000 for research. Thank you to all involved! Check out some photos from the day in our Photo Gallery.

Max's Big Ride - June 11-17, 2018

What a ride! Check out some photos from the road in our gallery. You can still donate to this amazing fundraiser here. If you're in Southwestern Ontario, be sure to check out the Ice Cream Ride on June 23rd, and Max's Big Climb in July 21st!

Walk to Defeat Duchenne - May 27, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out, walked, pledged, donated, and volunteered at this year's Walk to Defeat Duchenne! We saw a wonderful turnout and another year of great weather. So far the Walk has raised over $65,000 - and counting! Check out some photos of the day here.


Thank you to our sponsors:


London Honda VIP Sale and BBQ - May 25 & 26, 2018

A huge thank you to the folks at London Honda for a very successful fundraiser! They raised over $2,000 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research during their VIP sale weekend and charity BBQ.

The Journey Continues - April 10, 2018

Over 200 guests took part in this gala event (hosted on what would have been Jesse's 38th birthday), celebrating 20 years of hope and innovation in Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. Thank you to all who made this event possible!

Thank you to our presenting sponsor:


HKSA Volleyball Tournament for DMD - February 10, 2018

The University of Ottawa HKSA hosted a volleyball tournament in support of Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. Thank you to all involved in organizing and playing! An impressive $720 was raised for Duchenne research.

Aim for Max - January 19, 2018

An event for UTM students, staff, and faculty, Aim for Max is a charity event that helped raise awareness for Max's Big Ride. Participants learned to shoot arrows for a fee, with all proceeds going to Jesse's Journey! Presented by UTM Archery, UTM CPA, and Undergraduate Commerce Society.

10 Million Steps for Cloudy - All of 2017

Cloudy’s mother and aunt (Allison and Regan) pledged to walk 10 million steps in 2017, to raise funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. Click here to donate to their journey, and check out their facebook page for step updates!

Eric's Amazing Race - November 4, 2017

The Final Lap! What a run it's been for this incredible event. Over 15 years, Eric's Amazing Race has raised $250,000 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. Thank you so much to all of the families, friends, and supporters involved. A job well done! We look forward to the next chapter.

Jesse's Journey Progressive Trivia Night - November 3, 2017

Our 3rd Trivia Night was a success! To mix things up a little (literally!) we hosted a 4-on-4 scramble format for the night. Teams were able to play together and against each other, meet new people, and collaborate on some real stumpers! Hosted by Ryan Valdron of Free 98.1, this was a fun and light-hearted fundraiser, raising almost $5,000 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research! A special thank you to Dave Johnston from for his help and expertise in the audio visual department.