Bruce Babington, an Osteopath, based in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Québec, is taking on the challenge of cycling across Canada in July 2018. He was inspired by his patient, Anakin Lacasse, who is afflicted with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Why riding across Canada? To spread knowledge about DMD and raise money for research, the only hope for children like Anakin…

Riding across Canada for hope!

Bruce plans to cycle an average of 200 KM from Mont-Tremblant to Vancouver and complete the journey in 24 days. When he first started to treat Anakin, he didn’t know much about DMD, but it became clear to him very fast that there was no quick fix! He promptly decided to offer him free services for life. He also had the idea in the back of his mind that someday he would like to go across Canada by bike. He also learned about Fondation La Force, the organization inspired by Anakin, which helps him and other people afflicted with Duchenne to get closer to a cure. At one point, the idea of cycling across Canada for La Force crossed his mind, and he made the decision. He will be taking one month off in July 2018, with the goal of cycling 200 KM a day and complete the distance between Mt-Tremblant and Vancouver within 24 days.


Go big or go home!

“You know, the challenge I’ll face in that 24-day period is nothing like the challenge Anakin is going to face every single day of his life. What I can really do for him is try as much as I can to help promote La Fondation La Force and really spread the knowledge of what Duchenne really is” said Bruce Babington to our team.


About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

A degenerative disease of the muscles for which there is no treatment

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a disease that almost exclusively affects boys and whose incidence is 1 in 3,500. It is extremely rare that Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) will affect girls. Those affected are usually diagnosed around the age of five, but symptoms may be visible from early childhood. It is a degenerative disease of the muscles caused by a genetic mutation. The Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) – for which no treatment is currently available – directly affects skeletal muscles. Without treatment, the consequences of the disease are dire for those afflicted and their families. The typical evolution of the disease inevitably brings about premature death between the ages of 18 and 25.


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3 replies
  1. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    Would love to cheer Bruce on as he crosses Saskatchewan. Is there somewhere to follow his route, or is there any scheduled stops in Saskatchewan?

    • Marie-Catherine Du Berger
      Marie-Catherine Du Berger says:

      Hi, he will enter Saskatchewan by the route 13, pass over the 614, at Maple Creek will use the 724, he will get to the 1 by Township road. We will keep people updated every day. Thanks!


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