“Grandpa Bob’s Walk for Louie” comes through Amherstburg this Thursday


Bob Facca's "Grandpa Bob's Walk for Louie" stretches from Quebec City to Winnipeg with a stop planned for Amherstburg July 31 starting at 8 a.m.

Bob Facca’s “Grandpa Bob’s Walk for Louie” stretches from Quebec City to Winnipeg with a stop planned for Amherstburg July 31 starting at 8 a.m.

By Ron Giofu


A grandfather’s attempt at raising money for his grandson with Duchenne muscular dystrophy comes through Amherstburg this Thursday morning (July 31).

Bob Facca ‘s “Grandpa Bob’s 4,000 Kilometre Walk for Louie” is currently ongoing and is scheduled to pass through Amherstburg tomorrow morning. Facca’s walk is part of the “Jesse’s Journey” charitable organization.

Facca began his walk May 12 in Quebec City and has come through cities and towns such as Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, London and Chatham already. After Amherstburg, Facca is scheduled to go through Windsor, Sarnia, Parry Sound, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay before finishing in Winnipeg Dec. 8.

Facca is walking for his grandson Louie and all those afflicted with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In a press release, he noted that he is doing the walk “because as close as the researchers are, they still need more money. The more funding they have, the more research they can do.”

Facca’s brother Gino said donations are welcome along the walk. He noted that there are two vans and a motorhome that are “well displayed” about the “Grandpa Bob’s” walk so people will be able to see it and know what it is.

“We’re going to start in the area of the police station and walk right through town,” said Gino.

The walk will go along Sandwich St. and continue along that stretch of road as it turns into Front Road North. The walk will continue into LaSalle.

Gino said he accompanied his brother and his group on the walk when it was in eastern Ontario.

“It opened my eyes,” he said.

Jesse’s Journey has been funding research into finding treatment and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy since 1994. The organization, founded by John and Sherene Davidson in honour of their son Jesse who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has raised more than $4.5 million to date. For more information, visit www.jessesjourney.com.

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