Presented by Sbenati Dentistry

Monday, September 7, 2020

London Walk, Springbank Gardens

Virtual Walk Sites Across Canada

The Walk to Defeat Duchenne presented by Sbenati Dentistry 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 presented by Sbenati Dentistry has been rescheduled 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.

It is our hope to host the event in London, Ontario, along with being joined by you – families across Canada – hosting your own Walk in your local community, but the health and safety of the Duchenne community and following the guidance of Health Canada is our priority. Please keep an eye on this page,  your inbox, and social media as we continue to communicate updates and information.

What: Walk to Defeat Duchenne presented by Sbenati Dentistry

When: Monday, September 7, 2020 (World Duchenne Awareness Day)

Where: London Walk, Springbank Gardens | Host Your Own Walk Anywhere in Canada

Choose to walk 8.25km or honour the daily trek of 33km made by the founder of Jesse’s Journey, John Davidson, during his 286 days on the road walking across Canada.

Virtual Participants: Walk at a time and place of your choosing (on or leading up to Monday, September 7, 2020)


London Walk - Adults (18+) = $15 | London Walk - Kids/Youth (under 17*) = Free*

Virtual Walk - Adults (18+) = $15 | Virtual Walk - Kids/Youth (under 17*) = Free*

*Fundraising is encouraged! Please note, registration fees are non-refundable and do not qualify for a tax receipt. 

Early Bird Contest: We have extended the contest - register before Friday, June 19, 2020, and be entered to WIN a $100 Visa Gift Card.

Need help with your online registration and fundraising? Click here to download our Walk toolkit. 

Fundraising Success:

We're here to help you achieve fundraising success! Once registered online, you'll have access to your participant fundraising centre that includes tools track your progress and support to reach out to potential donors. Rather register and collect donations in-person? See the links below.

Want to register offline? Click here to download the registration form.

Want to collect donations offline? Click here to download the donation form. 

About Jesse's Journey

Jesse's Journey is Canada's leading charity in the fight to defeat Duchenne muscular dystrophy – the most common fatal genetic disease diagnosed in childhood. Affecting approximately 1 in every 5,000 boys in Canada, Duchenne gradually weakens the body’s muscles and ultimately leads to the deterioration of vital organs, such as the heart and lungs. Jesse's Journey supports patients, families, and caregivers living with Duchenne through educational programs and resources, provides a collective voice to advocate for timely access to affordable treatments in Canada, and funds the most promising research to improve the lives of boys and young men.

Impact of Your Gift

Thanks to the generous donations by Walk participants and supporters, Jesse's Journey has been able to invest more than $11.5 million into research. As a result of our grants to research over the course of 25 years, there have been major advancements in clinical discoveries, significant improvements in the quality of life for those living with Duchenne, and children with Duchenne are living longer lives. Click here to learn more about the impact of each gift. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns:

Matt Gennaro

Coordinator, Administration and Community Engagement