Jesse's Journey Foundation

Defeat Duchenne. Change Lives.

Walk to Defeat Duchenne

The Walk to Defeat Duchenne unites families from coast to coast to raise awareness and funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In 1995 John Davidson pushed his son, Jesse, across Ontario. This foundational feat launched Canada’s largest movement to fund research and support families living with Duchenne. This year, we invite you to join us as the Walk celebrates the 25th anniversary of Jesse’s Journey.

Due to COVID-19, the Walk to Defeat Duchenne has gone virtual and will now take place on World Duchenne Awareness Day, Monday, September 7, 2020 – this means you have more time to grow your team and raise vital funds!

While this is an uncertain time for everyone, the fight to defeat the most common fatal disease diagnosed in childhood, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, does not stop. We hope you will refocus your efforts online – by encouraging your supporters to donate towards your Walk and sharing your participation on social media.


visaEarly Bird Contest:

We have extended our Early Bird Contest! If you registered in the winter/spring – don’t worry, your name will also be added to the draw. Register before Friday, August 7, 2020, and be entered to WIN a $100 Visa Gift Card!

Registration Information

When: Monday, September 7, 2020 

The virtual 2020 Walk to Defeat Duchenne will take place on World Duchenne Awareness Day – Monday, September 7, 2020. We encourage participants to walk on this day in their local community, or if choosing to complete the Founders Challenge, walk on a variety of days leading up to and/or on September 7, 2020. The day will also include virtual fun such as warm-up, welcoming ceremonies, awards, and much more, so be sure to tune in before and after your walk!

Where: Anywhere you choose!

You choose where you walk – your neighbourhood, a local park, or the treadmill. Wherever you choose, please ensure you are keeping safe and abiding by the COVID-19 protocols as dictated by your province or territory (see updated information here).

Distance: Complete the Founder’s Challenge or choose your own 

Complete the Founder’s Challenge leading up to or on Monday, September 7, 2020, by walking 33 km – the daily trek of John and Jesse Davidson during their 1995 walk across Ontario or, choose to walk, run or roll any distance on Monday, September 7, 2020.

Registration: Adults (18+) = $15 | Kids/Youth (under 17*) = Free (but fundraising is always encouraged!)

Did you already register for the Walk before it went virtual? Awesome – you don’t have to worry about re-registering, you’re all set to participate and help fundraise.

Haven’t registered yet and looking to participate in the virtual Walk to Defeat Duchenne? Register as an individual or create/join a team – click the button above to get started.

Your registration fee and fundraising efforts will provide critical funds towards finding treatments and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, education for families living with this fatal disease, and advocacy efforts to bring therapies to children and young men living with Duchenne across Canada.

Register before Monday, August 24, and receive a special 2020 Walk to Defeat Duchenne t-shirt delivered to your door. Not sure of what size to order? Take a look at the sizing charts below:

Please note, registration fees are non-refundable and do not qualify for a tax receipt. 

Registration & Fundraising Toolkit

Need help registering and fundraising online? No problem, we’re here to help! Click the button below to download our toolkit with helpful steps on how to register as an individual or a team, how to set up your online participant centre and share your participation through e-mail and social media. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Gennaro, Coordinator of Community Engagement and Administration at

Virtual Walk Guidelines

What is a virtual walk? Learn more about how we’re encouraging people from across Canada to join together – online! In order to keep you safe, we encourage you to refocus your efforts by choosing a location and distance of your choice. Encourage your family and friends to donate towards your Walk and share your participation on social media. Read our updated FAQ and what you can do before the event, during the event, and after to make your Walk a success!

Offline Pledge Form

Want to fundraise in person? We like it – go old school and ask for support in person or a combination of both online and offline. Print off a pledge form and start asking friends and family for support. Be sure to mail the completed form(s) and all cheque donations (made out to Jesse’s Journey) by Monday, September 7, in order for us to send your supporters a tax receipt and calculate how much you’ve raised (for your chance to win one of our fundraising prizes!).

Ambassadors: King Family

“I don’t think anything can prepare you for hearing that your beautiful, innocent little child, through absolutely no fault of his own, has probably the worst disease imaginable – a fatal and slowly progressing disintegration with no cure,” says Sandra King (Mother of Dylan, 11-years old living with Duchenne)

“Through their endless commitment to raising funds to find a cure for Duchenne, Jesse’s Journey is the beacon of light in what otherwise would be a very dark place. This organization, and the people we’ve met through it, have been our most constant reminder we are not alone.”

Click the button below to read more about the King family and why they continue to support the Walk.

Join the Founder’s Challenge:

In 1995 John Davidson pushed his son, Jesse, across Ontario – 33 kilometres every day for 224 days, totalling 3,339 KM. To honour the 25th anniversary of this brave feat, we challenge you to walk in their footsteps.

Walk 33 KM leading up to or on Monday, September 7, 2020.

To recognize all people participating in the Founder’s Challenge, we encourage you to join the online opening ceremonies on Monday, September 7 as our Founder – John Davidson – joins us online to share a special thank you message.

Become a Corporate Sponsor:

Join us in the fight to defeat Duchenne. Aligning your company with the Jesse’s Journey Walk to Defeat Duchenne is an excellent opportunity to highlight your corporate social responsibility, leadership and commitment to the health of Canadian children. Jesse’s Journey will work with you to customize an experience that matches your objectives.

As a sponsor, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Align your company’s charitable contributions with the only national charity dedicated solely to overcoming this critical children’s health issue
  • Give back to the communities where you do business
  • Drive cooperation and team building by encouraging your staff to work together to reach their fundraising goal
  • Increase brand awareness amongst Walk participants, donors and community members
  • Reach new audiences and existing clients with unique activations before, during and after the Walk

Click the button below to see the 2020 Sponsorship Package. For more information, please contact Perry Esler, Executive Director, at

2020 Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Western ProResp Inc.

St. Aidan’s Anglican Church

Bronze Sponsors

BlueStone Properties Inc.

Above & Beyond Promotions

Green City Produce Ltd

Media Sponsor

Corus Entertainment

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