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

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

Max and Andrew are at it again! This year's 600km ride from Hamilton to Ottawa will start on Monday, June 11th, and will end on Parliament Hill on Sunday, June 17th - Father's Day! Click here for more information, and to pledge their journey.

Max's Big Ride: Ice Cream Ride - June 23, 2018

Stay tuned to the official Ice Cream Ride page for registration details! This family-friendly event has everything you could possibly want on a lovely June day: a bike ride, ice cream, lunch, and some new friends! Check out this video from our friends at Leggat Care Foundation of last year's Ice Cream Ride.

24-Hour Tree Sit - August 4, 2018

Rob Tinney, of Tindall-Wharram Tree Service, will once again be sitting 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. Come out to support Rob and Jesse's Journey, raising funds and awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Tory's Tourney - August 11, 2018

Join us for another great Tory's Tourney at Rochester Place Golf & Country Club. Dinner and auction to follow.

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

Join us in Cobourg for the 10th annual Rice Lake Challenge! This event has a lot of ways to get involved: The 4.5km swim across Rice Lake, the 101km cycle around Rice Lake, the 31km paddle along Rice Lake, Tyler's Walk, and the Yes We Can golf tournament! You can donate, register, or pledge a participant here.

Brock Janes Golf Classic - August 25, 2018

Join us again for the Brock Janes Golf Classic! This will be the Classic's 10th year. Hosted at Deer Creek Golf in Ajax.

NEW DATE!! Pull a Plane to Defeat Duchenne - September 22, 2018

A new Jesse's Journey event! Get your team together to pull a plane at London's own Jet Aircraft Museum. Time and distance competitions - stay tuned for details!

Mawer Country Jamboree - October 12, 2018

Thank you to Mawer Investment Management, Jesse's Journey is the beneficiary charity for this fun evening! Featuring Canadian country music stars, admission is free but limited to the first 500 RSVPs. Registration information coming soon!

Isaac's Trek for Treats - October 27, 2018

Join Isaac's Trek for Treats again this year! We had so much fun in 2017, we're at it again! Stay tuned for registration and pledge information.

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


Past Events

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:


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.

Isaac’s Trek for Treats - October 28, 2017

What a fantastic inaugural Trek for Treats! We are already looking forward to next year. Although the morning was a little damp and chilly, we saw plenty of costumed trekkers, the mayor of Halton Hills, Halton Hills Firefighters, the Acton Ghostbusters, and incredible support from the community. This event raised almost $10,000, and counting! For more information or to still give a gift to this event, please click here.

Thank you to our sponsor: Queen's Tire & Service, Acton

1st Annual Jesse’s Journey Beach Volleyball Tournament - September 30, 2017

Vball LogoOur first tournament was a success! We sold out with 21 teams in 2 divisions, and raised almost $4,000 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. Congratulations to our 2 winners: Aural Sets and Who Wants a Pitcher?!

Roughrider Pre-Game Tailgate Brunch in support of Jesse's Journey - September 24, 2017

The McCullough family hosted a beautiful tailgate fundraising brunch at Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar. Check out some photos of the event here!

Brock Janes' Golf Tournament - September 9, 2017

80 golfers came together for this year's Brock Janes Golf Classic. This 9th annual tournament, hosted at the Oakridge Golf Club in Port Perry, raised over $10,000 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research! Thank you to Lee Janes and all involved.

Thank you to our Cart Sponsor!

Planet Print Positivity BBQ in support of Jesse's Journey - September 8, 2017

It was a beautiful day for a BBQ, complete with a visit from Captain Positive! Thank you to Rick Gardiner of Planet Print for hosting this delicious event. For photos of the day, click here.

Brian Connor's Rice Lake Challenge - August 12, 2017

img_3574What a fabulous day! Taking place annually in Cobourg, Ontario, this event brings together swimmers, walkers and cyclists who are dedicated to raising funds to Defeat Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Proceeds from this event support Duchenne muscular dystrophy research through Jesse's Journey. To donate to this event click here

Tory's Tourney - August 12, 2017

Another great year for Tory's Tourney! Hosted at Rochester Place Golf & Country Club, this sold-out golf tournament saw a beautiful day, tons of great supporters, friends, and family, and a fantastic dinner and silent auction. A huge thank you to everyone who makes this event come together so flawlessly. Job well done!

2nd Annual 24 Hour Tree Sit - August 5, 2017

Untitled design (3)Part of Brian Connor's Rice Lake Challenge!
For the second year, Rob Tinney completed a 24 hour tree sit to raise funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research through Jesse's Journey. Taking place at the East Poplar Tree at Victoria Beach Park in Cobourg, Rob sat high up in a tree, starting on Saturday August 5th at 7 a.m. until Sunday August 6th at 7:00 a.m.. Rob raised over $2,800 at this year's sit, and his fundraising page is still open! To donate to Rob's efforts, please click here

Jeff Preston Celebrity Golf Tournament - July 21, 2017

20232386_10154784882795318_2625660350893596739_oThank you to all of the golfers, donors, supporters, and organizers! The Jeff Preston Celebrity Golf Tournament was, once again, a success! Hosted at the Saugeen Golf Club, this year’s tournament raised $25,000 in support of Jesse’s Journey.

Max's Big Climb - July 15, 2017

trfyecpz3uhnes2y._croppedWhat a fantastic event! The cool morning weather was perfect for the grueling time trials, the Horse Kill Relay was a true test of strength and endurance, and there are officially 2 new King and Queen of the Hill winners! Altogether, over $5,000 was raised for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. A huge thank you to the Sedmihradsky family, all of the competitors, participants, donors, and sponsors.

Max's Big Ride - June 4 - 12, 2017

MBR3A chilly start to the ride ended with sunny, warm days for Max and Andrew as they completed their incredible 600km cycle trek from Hamilton to Ottawa. With baby sister Isla riding along for more than half of it! Thank you to all of the hotels, sponsors, supporters, and donors who helped make this year’s ride a success for this amazing family. Donations to Max’s Big Ride can still be made here. To read about the ride click here.

The Ice Cream Ride - June 4, 2017

ice cream ride logo Chocolate-1A rainy start to the day, but the sun came out and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful ride and ice cream treats!

Fleetwood Country Cruize-In - June 3 & 4, 2017

Cruize In logoAnother fabulous Fleetwood Country Cruize-In in the books! Saturday’s weather was stunning, and Sunday came around! Jesse’s Journey volunteers collected gate admissions at all 3 gates on the Plunkett Estate for almost 9,000 participants and spectators throughout the weekend. This year raised $120,000 going to over 25 charities

Walk to Defeat Duchenne - May 28, 2017

Walk Collage

This year’s Walk to Defeat Duchenne was a rousing success! The weather was fantastic, and we had a great time. The pledge page is still open if you would like to make a late donation to a walker or team here. Thank you so much to all of our incredible walkers, donors, supporters, and sponsors.

Baseline Nurseries BBQ - May 27, 2017

Baseline-Logo-CMYKBaseline Nurseries hosted a delicious BBQ in support of Jesse’s Journey on Saturday, May 27th. The day was beautiful, perfect for dreams of spring planting!

London Skating Club's 110th Anniversary Ice Show - March 26, 2017


What a treat to see Elvis Stojko perform – twice! The London Skating Club put on a fantastic show, with partial proceeds supporting Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. Showcasing the talented synchro, solo, and pairs skaters from the Club, Jesse’s Journey volunteers had a great time helping out at this year’s show. Thank you to the London Skating Club for another fabulous year!

Trivia Night - February 10, 2017

Highley KnowledgeableTrivia Night was a blast! ‘Highley Knowledgeable’ won Trivia Supremacy, but the race was close and a solid effort was showed by all! A huge thank you to everyone who came out, to the volunteers, donors, and amazing sponsors, and thank you to Tara Overholt for being such a great MC. We raised over $8,800.00 to help fund Duchenne research!