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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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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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