Walk to Defeat Duchenne 2024

Power 97 is thrilled to partner with Defeat Duchenne Canada for the Walk to Defeat Duchenne on Sunday, May 26th, 2024!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 26, 2024, and get ready to walk, run, or roll in your community.

The Walk to Defeat Duchenne is an inclusive event that brings together families, friends, and supporters from coast to coast. As the largest fundraiser of its kind in the country, every step we take helps fund vital national education, support, advocacy, and research programs. Whether you choose to participate individually or as part of a team, you have the option to complete a 1km or 5km or take on the ultimate challenge of the 33km Founder’s Challenge. Remember, every stride you make brings us closer to transforming the lives of those affected by this life-limiting disease.


– Families and communities across the province are gearing up for the annual Walk to Defeat Duchenne, an initiative to raise awareness and funds to combat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This walk, organized by Defeat Duchenne Canada, aims to empower local communities to unite and make a difference in the fight against this debilitating disease.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a rare fatal genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. It primarily affects young boys, robbing them of their mobility and independence over time. Raising awareness and funds for research is crucial to finding effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

The walk celebrates the legacy of the Defeat Duchenne Canada’s founder, John Davidson. After his son Jesse’s diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, John embarked on a province-wide journey to raise awareness of the disease. Each year, the return of this walk symbolizes unity and hope, as families come together to support and empower each other while walking in honour of their sons and loved ones affected by Duchenne.

“We are thrilled to see communities coming together to support the families across the country who are in the midst of their battle against Duchenne,” says Alison Boyce, National Manager of Philanthropy at Defeat Duchenne Canada. This walk helps us raise much-needed funds for research and gives families hope for a future without Duchenne. We can’t do it without you.”

The Walk to Defeat Duchenne allows families, friends, and supporters to join forces on Sunday, May 26, and organize a walk in their own neighbourhood. They choose their own distance of 1km, 5km, 10km, or the Founder’s Challenge of 33km and march towards a cure and access to treatments in Canada. Join us as we take steps towards a future free from Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

To register or donate to the Walk to Defeat Duchenne, please visit walktodefeatduchenne.com. For more information, contact Defeat Duchenne Canada:

Alison Boyce

National Manager of Philanthropy

Defeat Duchenne Canada

Email: alison.boyce@defeatduchenne.ca