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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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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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September 2017

The 16th Annual Meagan’s Walk, by all measures, was a great success. Funds raised for paediatric brain tumour research have now surpassed the $5 million mark, and this is because of the generosity of the Meagan’s Walk supporters: Hug participants, volunteers, donors, and sponsors. All are critical to the ongoing success of this organization and the achievement of goals. Read all about this and more.


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May 2017

May is brain tumour awareness month. Participating in and supporting the mission of Meagan's Walk is an effective and rewarding way to help advance the understanding of brain tumours and to improve the wellbeing of all children. Join us! Be part of the Meagan's Walk community and join hands in our circle of hope!

Join Meagan's Walk on Saturday May 13th, 2017!


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March 2017

Hugs! Hope! Impact!

There is a powerful link between what we do together, as a caring community, at Meagan's Walk, and its effect on the health of children.

With our support of research funding, advances continue in the understanding of how brain tumours work. And this leads to changes in the care of children. Join us on May 13th. Be part of the Hug and let's make a difference!

-Denise Bebenek, Founder, Meagan's Walk

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