The Walk to Defeat Duchenne is the largest annual fundraiser for Jesse’s Journey and unites families from coast to coast to raise awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
This year, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Jesse’s Journey, honouring the 1995 walk of John Davidson as he pushed his son, Jesse, across Ontario. Originally scheduled for May 25, 2020, we quickly reimagined the in-person event and YOU helped us achieve the largest, most successful Walk in our 25-year history – 100% online!
To keep everyone safe, we encouraged participants to refocus their efforts by choosing a location and distance of their choice from anywhere across Canada, moved the date to Monday, September 7, 2020 – World Duchenne Awareness Day, and introduced the 33 KM Founder’s Challenge (the daily trek of John and Jesse).
Bringing together 140 participants, 7 sponsors, and 835 donors, you helped raise an incredible $101,233 to support the work of Jesse’s Journey!
There’s still time to donate toward this year’s Walk and receive a 2020 tax receipt. Click the button below to donate toward the event, an individual participant, or a team!
PICTURES AND VIDEOS:
Did you miss the opening or closing ceremonies? Weren’t able to join the live-streamed conversations on Facebook? Don’t worry – we have everything recorded and saved on our YouTube channel.
We want to say a special thank you to:
- The King family, the 2020 Walk ambassadors
- Kasha Mitton, Co-Creator of The MASH Movement and Duchenne mom, for leading us through the warm-up
- Laura McCullough, Duchenne mom sharing her story of why she continues to support the Walk after the passing of her son, Cole
And of course, we cannot forget the man who started it all, John Davidson, for his always inspirational words shared throughout the day.
Thank you to everyone who joined the conversation online by posting photos and tagging Jesse’s Journey.
PRIZES AND AWARDS:
- The early bird winner is…Sarah Stempfle, Calgary AB
- Top child/youth fundraiser award goes to…Dylan King, London ON (Raised: $1,500)
- Top adult fundraiser award goes to…Laura McCullough, Regina, SK (Raised: $13,823)
- Top team fundraiser award goes to…Team Dylan, London ON (Raised: $16,210)
- Top social media award….Kasha Mitton, Kamloops BC and The Mash Movement
Thank you to these amazing individuals, teams, and their network of supporters for helping to raise vital funds and awareness for Duchenne!
WALK AMBASSADOR: 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.
33 KM 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.
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 [email protected].
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!).
THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 SPONSORS
Western ProResp Inc.
St. Aidan’s Anglican Church
BlueStone Properties Inc.
Above & Beyond Promotions
Green City Produce Ltd