Jesse's Journey 1995

To understand our history, it’s essential you are familiar with the story of the Davidson family.

Our founder and biggest champion is John Davidson who, in 1995, made a monumental journey across Ontario. Pushing his son Jesse in his wheelchair nearly 3,500 km with a clear mission: raise awareness and vital funding for Duchenne research. 

In 1998, John embarked on an even more ambitious trek, walking across Canada over 286 days. With each step, he drew attention to this rare disease from coast to coast, raising an astounding $1.5 million. 

John’s unparalleled determination ignited a movement that continues to inspire and drive progress in the fight against Duchenne. We carry on this legacy through our Walk to Defeat Duchenne, the country’s largest fundraiser dedicated to raising awareness and funds that propel us closer to defeating Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Read more about our history here.

The Founder's Challenge

At the heart of our walk lies the Founder’s Challenge—a tribute to John’s dedication and passion. Each year, participants are encouraged to take on the 33 km Challenge, honouring the distance John walked daily during his historic journeys across Ontario and Canada. It’s a challenge that symbolizes resilience, determination, and the relentless pursuit of a cure.

How far will you go to defeat Duchenne? Participants can space their 33 km out over the course of the month, or challenge themselves to complete it entirely on walk day. Whether you walk 1 km or conquer the full 33 km, every step brings us closer to our ultimate goal. Join us in the fight against Duchenne and be a part John’s dream to build a future through hope, courage, and the unwavering belief that together, we can make a difference.