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Proceeds from this event support the SickKids Foundation and are designated to the Meagan Bebenek Endowment Fund and awareness, research and treatment of paediatric brain tumours at SickKids.

 In May, Meagan’s Walk forms a human hug around a hospital, a clear signal of support to all within.  

Fast forward, September. A month of change: cooler evenings, summer vacation memories, a time to harvest, leaves changing colour. Schools re-open.

As part of a worldwide network of community based groups in more than 100 countries, Meagan’s Walk dedicates September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM).

CCAM has been recognized globally for over 20 years as a time to shine a light on childhood cancers:  by the World Health Organization, the International Society of Paediatric Oncologists, and International Union of Cancer Control.  Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Each year over 300,000 children around the world are diagnosed with cancer. More than 90,000 will succumb to the illness.  After accidental death, cancers are the leading cause of death in children.

This month is a time to re-double our efforts, focus our attention on childhood cancers, and to work with each other in encouraging governments to devote resources to research into childhood cancers, and safe and effective care for our children. 

Wherever we are, we can learn from each other, collaborate and share our knowledge, and achieve the goal of more effective and less toxic treatments, leading to better outcomes and quality of life for young patients.

The ribbon colour for CCAM is gold. Wear it. Think about it and talk about it!


Let’s celebrate the 18th Annual Meagan’s Walk and Hug!

Thank you… to our hundreds of volunteers who made the day look effortless.

Thank you… to the thousands of people from across the city, province, country who walk with us. 

Thank you…to the over 95 teams who rallied their friends, families and colleagues to walk together to remember and celebrate our Meagan’s Walk Heroes. 

Thank you… to the many sponsors who provide financial support that day and throughout the year to make Meagan’s Walk and Hug a reality. 

Thank you… to our Community Partners who work alongside us throughout the year to spread the message of hope. 

Thank you…to the donors who helped us raise over $470,000 in support of paediatric brain tumour research. 

Thank you…to everyone who had a hand in making this Walk and Hug memorable!

We would like to hear from you.  Please send us your pictures and stories about participating in Meagan’s Walk and Hug.  And don’t forget to share on social media too, using the hashtags #MeagansWalk and #TogetherWeHug.

Thank you!



We are pleased to announce that our Founder, Denise Bebenek, has been recognized as one of Canada’s top women in business by her peers and the community. Denise was awarded the 2019 Mompreneur® Momentum Award on March 2nd at the 7th annual National Mompreneurs Conference.

The Momentum Award recognizes a service-based business that is non-profit, charitable or benefits the community at large. The award is valued at over $5,000 and carries with it the distinction of being Canada’s top Mompreneur in their category.

Over 1,250 women were nominated, and 152 entrants advanced; after accumulating points based on support from over 20,000 public voters within one week, as well as impression ratings from a selection committee, the finalists were narrowed down to just 28 finalists in the five categories.

The finalists were evaluated by an expert panel of nine judges, including CEO of Ehm & Co., and publisher of the YMC Erica Ehm; Co-Founder of Mabel’s Labels, Media Personality and Digital Influencer Julie Cole; and tech-maven, best-selling author and President of AmberMac Media, Amber MacArthur. These all undertook a rigorous review process to select their top picks in each category.

Denise comments: “I am humbled to receive this award in recognition of what we have accomplished for the children who need us. I know there is so much more we can do, and we have only just begun. The world is waiting for the Meagan’s Walk Hug”.

Congratulations Denise!


You may find some of the information on our website right now is a bit outdated. We are happy to say that we are working on a new and improved site with a new look and feel.  Stay tuned!


The YPT concert with Sharon and Bram is on Friday, and they are announcing their plan to work with MW. Here is the message

Over the next year, Meagan's Walk is pleased to work with Young People's Theatre, Canada's largest theatre for young audiences.

Through its professional productions and extensive drama education activities, YPT embraces the "whole child" fostering children’s social, emotional and intellectual development. This aligns well with the mission of Meagan's Walk, particularly as it works with students and young leaders, encouraging them to live with compassion, caring for those in their midst who struggle with challenges.  

Meagan's Walk and Young People Theatre - kids helping kids!


What does Meagan's Walk mean to you? 

We asked some of our heroes, volunteers, families, and scientists what Meagan's Walk means to them. Here are their answers.


Meagan's Walk impacts SickKids brain tumour research