Jesse's Journey Foundation

Defeat Duchenne. Change Lives.


Jesse’s Journey is a partnership of science and families dedicated to the discovery of treatments and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy – because parents should not outlive their children ~ Jesse’s Journey Statement of Purpose.

As the only Canadian charity dedicated solely to funding research related to Duchenne, we are known and respected internationally, having granted more than $11.5M to research. The media is an important partner in creating meaningful and impactful stories that reach the Duchenne community around the world. Media looking to write a story about Jesse’s Journey are invited to use information, photos, and videos provided here.

For more information and resources:


To speak with someone directly, please contact:

Perry Esler
Executive Director
519-645-8855 x227


Defeat Duchenne Family Forum - November 20 - 22, 2020

Register now for the Defeat Duchenne Family Forum – Canada’s only national educational event for people living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and their family members.

Presented by PTC Therapeutics and in partnership with BC Children’s Hospital, this is the fourth Family Forum hosted by Jesse’s Journey, providing the opportunity for you – families and caregivers navigating the Duchenne journey – to come together with researchers, clinicians, and industry professionals for a virtual weekend full of education, inspiration, and hope

Click here to register today!

Isaac's Trek for Treats: Virtual Edition - October 24, 2020

The fourth annual Isaac’s Trek for Treats will take place virtually on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Join the van Asseldonk family from Acton, ON - put on your costume, walk, run or roll and help fundraise for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. 

Register or donate here.

Duchenne Awareness Month - September 2020

Join the mission to defeat Duchenne this September!

Gather your friends, family, colleagues, and community to take action this September, Duchenne Awareness Month,  and help us raise awareness and funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Click here to learn more and participate.

Walk to Defeat Duchenne - September 7, 2020 (*NEW DATE*)

The Walk to Defeat Duchenne is going 100% virtual has been rescheduled to Monday, September 7, 2020 (World Duchenne Awareness Day) - this means more time to grow your team and raise vital funds!

While making plans during this uncertain time is challenging, we hope you will refocus your efforts online - by encouraging your supporters to donate towards your Walk and sharing your participation on social media.

Click here to learn more, register, and donate.


Squad Up 2020 - September 1 - 30, 2020

For many in the Duchenne community, video games are not only a source of entertainment but a way to transcend physical limitations and build a wide network of friends from around the world.

Join Squad Up, a charity gaming event that allows you to fundraise by playing your favourite games, whether online or IRL ("in real life") - play any game, anyway, any day, and help raise funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Click here to learn more, register, and donate.

Live in the MOVEment - September 1 - 25, 2020

Maggie Aynsley and Kasha Mitton, creators of The MASH Movement, will be hosting Live in the MOVEment - 25 days of movement, mindfulness, and motivation in celebration of Jesse’s Journey 25th anniversary.

For $25, you will receive 25 days of live events and pre-recorded online fitness classes from a line up of wellness leaders from across the globe.

Learn more and purchase your monthly pass!

Brian Connor's Rice Lake Challenge - August 1 - 31, 2020

Registration is now open for Brian Connor's 12th Annual Rice Lake Challenge this August 2020.

Calling all cyclists, swimmers, paddle boarders and walkers - participate in any of these activities at a place, day, and time of your choice all in support of Duchenne muscular dystrophy research.

Click here to learn more, register, and donate.

Catch the Ace - Starting July 17, 2020

Do you want to win big and help defeat Duchenne muscular dystrophy at the same time? Let's play Catch the Ace!

Catch the Ace is an online weekly raffle licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) starting July 17, 2020. Play today, help #DefeatDuchenne, and WIN BIG!

Learn more and play today.

Isaac's Birthday Trek - May 29, 2020 (*NEW DATE*)

In honour of Isaac’s seventh birthday his mom, Meghan van Asseldonk, will be running for 24-hours on Friday, May 29, 2020. Register to run or make a donation in support of Jesse's Journey and Duchenne muscular dystrophy research.

Click here to learn more, register, and donate.

Defeat Duchenne Family Forum Montréal - May 20 - 30, 2020 (*NEW DATE*)

Due to COVID-19, the Defeat Duchenne Family Forum presented by PTC Therapeutics and in partnership with La Force DMD was transformed from a one-day "in-person" program into a series of four virtual events from May 20 - 30, 2020.

Thank you for joining us as we came together with researchers, clinicians, and industry professionals to learn about the latest in Duchenne care and research.

Click here to the event recordings and resources.

2019/20 Research Grant Announcement - May 25, 2020

Thanks to you, our donors and supporters, Jesse’s Journey has been the leading funder of Duchenne research in Canada for the past 25 years.

Through your support, researchers from around the world have made great strides, working towards increasing the quality and longevity of life for people living with Duchenne. The pipeline of potential treatments has never been so full of promise and we invite you to learn about the 2019/20 Jesse's Journey Research Grants.

Click here to learn more.

Cullen's Cause - May 19, 2020

Stephen and Rachael Prendergast are launching Cullen's Cause in honour of their fight against Duchenne for their young boy. Please join them as they dedicate their lives, in partnership with Jesse’s Journey, to ensure Cullen’s life remains full of joy and possibility.

Click here to learn more and donate.

Mother's Day MASHup - May 10, 2020

This Sunday is Mother's Day and we want to celebrate YOU - the wonderful Duchenne caregivers and mother's across Canada.

Join Maggie Aynsley from Power Yoga Canada and Kasha Mitton from Yoga Now Kamloops for a free hour of virtual yoga:

Click here to learn more, register, and donate.

COVID-19 & Duchenne: FAQ Webinar - April 2, 2020

Jesse's Journey hosted a webinar, COVID-19 & Duchene: FAQ, on Thursday, April 2, 2020, to help answer questions from the Canadian Duchenne community.

Click here to watch the webinar recording.

Thank you to the six healthcare partners and Duchenne experts for sharing their guidance on how you can continue to keep your family safe: Dr. Craig Campbell Pediatric Neurologist and Director of the Neuromuscular Clinic Children’s Hospital London Health Sciences (London, Ontario) Dr. Jean Mah Pediatric Neurologist and Director of the Neuromuscular Program, Alberta Children’s Hospital (Calgary, Alberta) Dr. Jordon Sheriko Physiatrist and Medical Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation, IWK Health Centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia) Dr. Erin O’Ferrall Adult Neurologist, Montreal Neurological Hospital (Montreal, Quebec) Dr. Refika Ersu Pediatric Respirologist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Ottawa, Ontario) Dr. Karina Top Infectious Disease Specialist at IWK Health Centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

HKSA Volleyball Tournament - January 25, 2020

The University of Ottawa Human Kinetics Students Association (HKSA) is hosting its third annual Indoor Volleyball Tournament in support of Jesse's Journey and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Click here to learn more.