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One in every 5,000 children worldwide are born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry (CNDR) estimates there are more than 800 boys and young men living with Duchenne in Canada, and it is the most common fatal form of muscular dystrophy.

To date, we have invested $17.73 million into promising Duchenne research. Boys and young men with Duchenne are living longer than ever before, but there is still more research to be done. Until Duchenne does not shorten lives, prevent young people from walking and compromise their quality of life, we will not give up our fight against Duchenne.

In addition to empowering researchers to test and validate new approaches to Duchenne, your donations help support our education and advocacy initiatives. The work Defeat Duchenne Canada does helps ensure boys and young men with Duchenne are receiving the care they need. We’re advocating for access to therapies and clinical trials while providing families with resources on how to navigate their journey.

The Gift of a Brighter Future

Where do you see yourself in five years from now? Ana Maria and Sebastien Dupras-Maldonado hope to see a future where their son, Matheo, is thriving and winning his battle against Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They courageously shared with us their son’s journey with Duchenne to raise awareness and funds to fight this debilitating disease. 

Personal Giving

Large or small, monthly or in tribute, your gift helps boys and young men with Duchenne to live fuller, longer lives. Your generosity also benefits parents who are grappling with the unimaginable reality of their sons’ life-limiting condition. 

Legacy & Planned Giving

Legacy giving provides a sustainable source of funding to fuel our mission. By giving to Defeat Duchenne Canada, you’re investing in life-saving research that will enhance the lives of young men and their families for generations to come.

Corporate Giving

Whether matching employee fundraising efforts, sponsoring an educational event, or making a general donation to the cause – corporate giving can be an extremely powerful way to make a difference in the fight to defeat Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Your Gift in Action

Our donors are directly responsible for bringing the light of hope into the lives of families coping with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Your donations generate very real, positive outcomes and, your generosity brings us one step closer to a cure.