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Our Impact

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Our Impact

John and Jesse Davidson founded Jesse’s Journey in 1995 to lead research, advocacy and support in the fight to defeat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Since then, we’ve united families, raised awareness and funded almost $15 million in research projects around the world.

Their vision remains our foundation: a future without Duchenne. In 2022, we became Defeat Duchenne Canada: the country’s only national charity dedicated to curing this disorder and dramatically improving the lives of boys and families who have to cope with its debilitating symptoms. Learn more about our mission and join us in changing the outcome of this life-limiting disease.

Our Mission

Defeat Duchenne Canada is the country’s only national charity dedicated to ending Duchenne. We have provided leadership in research, advocacy, and support since 1995. We’ll continue until a cure is found to ensure our boys can live long and active lives.

Our History

How far would you go for the ones you love? That was the question our Founder, John Davidson, from London, Ontario, asked himself when his middle son, Jesse, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The answer? As far as it takes to find a cure.

Our Work

Our organization has provided leadership in research, advocacy and support in the fight to defeat Duchenne muscular dystrophy since 1995. We unite families, raise awareness, and have funded almost $15 million in research projects around the world.

Our Families

Supporting, advocating for and connecting Duchenne families is at the forefront of what we do. Read about the inspiring ambassadors and families who make up our Canadian community as they share their stories of navigating the nuances of this rare disease.