More than $2.5 million raised to date for brain tumour research at
TORONTO, May 8 /CNW/ - Meagan's Walk: Creating a Circle of Hope announced today that this year's Mother's Day Walk brings its total
funds raised for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to more than
$2.5 million since 2001.
The 10th Annual Meagan's Walk, which is proudly presented by Swarovski, started
at Ontario Place and ended with participants joining hands to form a
human hug around SickKids. More than 3,000 people participated in the
five-kilometre walk that promotes awareness and raises funds for
research into paediatric brain tumours.
"This has been an amazing journey, with 10 years marking an incredible
milestone for me, my family, and everyone who has participated in,
supported and benefited from Meagan's Walk," said Denise Bebenek,
founder of Meagan's Walk and mother of Meagan Bebenek, who passed away
from a cancerous brain tumour in 2001.
"We are so grateful to the thousands of people who have helped us raise
more than $2.5 million for paediatric brain tumour research. Along the
way, Meagan's Walk has developed into a much larger phenomenon, giving
hope and strength to children battling cancer and their families around
the world, and empowering all children to reach out to them to offer
their support," Mrs. Bebenek added.
Proceeds from Meagan's Walk activities over the past decade have
supported research projects and programs at SickKids which has the only
laboratory dedicated to paediatric brain tumour research in Canada.
"On behalf of everyone at SickKids, including our patients and families,
and our researchers, we applaud the Bebenek family for their tremendous
efforts in rallying thousands of supporters to participate and donate
each year," said Ted Garrard, President and CEO, SickKids Foundation.
"These fundraising results are an incredible feat for what started off
as a grassroots community campaign 10 years ago."
Mothers with children currently at SickKids were honoured at the event
and received a special gift from Swarovski. "We are very proud to be
part of the circle of hope and provide our support to Meagan's Walk and
The Hospital for Sick Children" said Wayne Page, vice president of
A special tribute to the 10th anniversary included Our 10-Year Journey - the incredible story of the evolution of Meagan's Walk, narrated by
Cynthia Dale, one of Canada's most respected and sought-after
performers. Moms who are spending Mother's Day in Hospital with their
children were honoured with hugs, flowers and gifts at a specially
designated area called "Mother's Way."
Celebrities including members of the Toronto Argonauts, Sheila McCarthy,
Colin Mochrie, Deb McGrath and Kim Stockwood participated in a Wall of
Honour at the Walk kick-off at Ontario Place.
About Meagan's Walk: Creating a Circle of Hope
This dedicated organization raises hope and awareness about paediatric
brain tumours and funds for research at SickKids which has the only
program in Canada dedicated to paediatric brain tumour research. Brain
tumours are now the leading cause of cancer related death in children
under the age of 20. For more information about Meagan's Walk: Creating a Circle of Hope, call 416-239-7843 or visit www.meaganswalk.com
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