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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.


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Summer 2018

Together We Hug! This was the theme for the 2018 Meagan’s Walk and Hug. All that makes Meagan’s Walk and Hug a success is due to our effort as a community. Our Meagan’s Walk families and participants, our Partners, and, of course, the devoted support of many volunteers!

Earlier this year, Meagan’s Walk was able to fund 8 brain tumour research projects, all focused on improving outcomes for young brain tumour patients. In late June, SickKids welcomed the 4th Meagan’s Walk Neuro-oncology Fellow, Dr. Lorena Baroni who comes to Canada from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Part of what sets Meagan’s Walk apart is that all your donations are directed to fund these research efforts. Our corporate and community partners are a vital part of the Meagan’s Walk community: their contributions provide for the operational costs.

Perhaps you, or someone you know, would be interested in becoming partners with Meagan’s Walk? There is a number of benefits that Meagan’s Walk offers our partners. Their support helps ensure that your donations to Meagan’s Walk have the biggest impact possible.

My thanks to all. I look forward to working with you as we move towards the 18th Annual Meagan’s Walk and Hug next May.

- Denise Bebenek

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May 2018

With the 17th Annual Meagan’s Walk and Hug only days away, I thank you for your generous commitment. This year’s theme is “Together We Hug”. You make your efforts count and give Meagan’s Walk its sense of place and community, with a resolve and focus on a common mission. It is because of your contributions that Meagan’s Walk will continue to bring a brighter future to young brain tumour patients everywhere. 

- Denise Bebenek

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March 2018

Meagan’s Walk and Hug, our signature event, takes place this year on Saturday, May 12th, on Mother’s Day weekend.

Please invite your family and friends in your own community to join us this year for the 17th annual event. Our 2018 theme is “Together We Hug”.

The more people and communities who join our circle, the more our Meagan’s Walk Heroes and their families will feel support in their own journeys. And our support has direct impact as well on brain tumour research here in Toronto and around the world.

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January 2018

On Saturday, May 12th, thousands of people will come together and walk 5k. Upon reaching SickKids, they will join hands to form the signature hug, the circle of hope. 2018 will mark our 17th year hugging the hospital and bringing so much hope to all within. We hope you will join us.

TOGETHER WE HUG, the theme for this year’s Meagan’s Walk and Hug.

Together, over the last 17 years, we have helped change the world of paediatric brain tumour research. With our help, we are moving towards faster diagnoses, personalized treatments, and improved outcomes for young people faced with brain tumours. 

There is still a long way to go. Brain tumours continue to be the number one cause of cancerrelated death in children.

With your support, Meagan’s Walk will continue to make a difference in the lives of so many children

-Denise Bebenek

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December 2017

The theme for this year’s Meagan’s Walk is: Together We Hug. When planning the first Meagan’s Walk and Hug in 2002, that devoted team of pioneer volunteers wanted to do something that had not been done before. How to rally enough people and “hug” an enormous hospital? “No one does that. “ Such a gesture- the “hug”- was impractical, if not impossible! How does one hug a building the size of a city block? And why? Despite all the doubts and concern, that first hug happened. The will of a “community” made it happen.

Families affected by brain tumours face painful challenges and difficulty. Knowing you are not alone, that someone else understands your experience, can make the road less lonely. For many of us, the holiday season can be especially difficult. All those cheery messages at this time of year may sound hollow, as we deal with the daily reality of our lives.

In 2018, our family will participate in the 17th Annual Meagan’s Walk. Just like that first year, we ask others to walk with us. And years later, we continue to plan, and the Meagan’s Walk message of hope and love prevails. The thread that runs through Meagan’s Walk is “togetherness”; the hug simply could not happen without each of us and our decision to join forces, hand in hand.Together, we will hug.

I send to all of you my thanks for your determined and generous support, and my warmest wishes for the holiday.

-Denise Bebenek

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