Who am I?

My name is Marcus Jefferson or as I am known to my comrades in the French Foreign Legion, Michael Jordan. I am a Canadian expatriate and French Foreign Legion Veteran.

May 2023 I plan on starting at the Arctic Ocean and marching south to the Pacific Coast, then to the East Coast along the Trans Canada Trail. After reaching the east coast, I will march back to my home town of Windsor, Ontario. This will be a 27,000 km World Record march.

I have lived a life of depression, feelings of abandonment, and racism as well as being a victim of physical and sexual abuse as a child from different men in positions of what would normally be trust and authority in my life. This fostered a great distrust of authority and feeling completely helpless with no one to speak to about any of it.

As a lost cause and last resort at 34 years old with my life in Canada in shambles and an absolute mess I decided to leave everything behind and journey to France in order to join the French Foreign Legion as an escape. During my tour of duty as a Legionnaire I discovered through the suffering of physical training, physical activity and endurance sport I could rebuild my mentality, find some mental clarity and an inner peace that I desired so greatly. I have put the victim mentality and mindset in the trash where it belongs and have improved my situation on my own. This is why it is important to me to do this fundraiser. I want to help anyone in the same position I was and let them know that they aren't alone. I want to show people two very important things:

  1. You aren't alone. There is help.

  2. You can improve your mental health through physical fitness.

Mission Statement:

The common belief is the warrior is a big, strong, mentally and physically tough individual who is able to handle things on their own without help. This is not the case at all. A warrior centres themselves around their community. Warrior cultures and warrior groups evolved out of love. They emerged and evolved into society for the protection of their communities. The warriors themselves work together as a team to achieve their mission. The strength and courage is not their own, but borrowed. It is borrowed from the others around them. A soldier who has fallen in battle wouldn't hesitate to reach for a comrade for help but when it comes to mental health there is a fear of reaching out. THis is what we want to focus on and change.

"Don’t be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?"

-Marcus Aurelius

IT IS OK TO SUFFER! It is ok for things to be hard and to be challenging! Those trying times in our lives both physically and mentally are when the growth happens.