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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.

Brain Tumour Facts

Brain Tumours are the Leading Cause of Cancer-Related Death in Children.

About Childhood Cancer and Brain Tumours:
  • Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children in North America, surpassing leukemia.
  • Brain tumours in children can be non-cancerous but this does not mean that they are less serious in nature.
  •  More children die from cancer than any other disease combined. 
  •  Unlike adult cancers, the causes of most childhood cancers are still unknown and are not related to lifestyle and environmental risk factors. 
  • Brain tumours in children are very different from those in adults and treatment needs be customized to lessen the effects on their growing minds and bodies. 
  • In children, cancer often grows more quickly and spreads to other areas in the body faster. 
  • In Canada, it is estimated that 1700 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, the majority of whom are under the age of 5. One in four are diagnosed with a brain tumour. These children join the thousands already in treatment across the country.
About Research:
  • Given the life years lost, childhood cancer research is drastically underfunded. Only 3% of the Canadian government’s cancer funding reaches research dedicated to childhood cancers.
  • Scientists researching childhood cancers and potential treatments, rely on private funds to get their promising studies off the ground. 
  • In the past 45 years, only three new drugs have been developed for the treatment of childhood cancers.
Long Term Effects:
  • More than any other cancer, brain tumours can have lasting and life-altering physical, cognitive, and psychological impacts on a childs life. 
  • By the time they turn 45 the estimated 30,000 childhood cancer survivors in Canada, will have chronic health problems and 80% will have severe or life-threatening conditions. 
  • In 2009 in the U.S., it was estimated that a total of 47,631.5 years of potential life were lost due to a child succumbing to a brain tumour.
Childhood Cancer and the Family:
  • A child’s treatment regimen can last for years having a devastating effect on a familys emotional, physical and financial well-being. 
  • A childhood cancer diagnosis affects not only the child but parents, siblings, extended family, friends and whole communities.
  • About one-quarter of families of children being treated for cancer will lose more than 40 percent of their total household income. 
  • The loss of a child can have devastating effects on all family members, extended family and an entire community.
Meagan's Walk is dedicated to:
  • Funding initiatives that bring the top brain tumour experts all over the world, together to share knowledge and to collaborate on research. 
  • Funding research that will uncover when and how genetic mutations arise to cause brain tumours in children. 
  • Funding research into new, less toxic treatments for children with brain tumours, helping them live healthier lives. 
  • Bringing awareness and hope to these young patients and the families who love and care for them. 
  • Hosting Meagans Walk and Hug every Saturday of Mothers Day weekend where survivors, patients, bereaved families, caregivers and researchers can come together to form our Circle of Hope. Learn more about our signature event here.

Read about Meagan's Walk Funded Research here.

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Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation

Ontario Parents Advocating Against Childhood Cancer

Kids Cancer Care Alberta

Dana-Farber / Boston Childrens Cancer Centre

Canadian Cancer Action Network

National Brain Tumour Society

The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre