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The 13th Annual Meagan's Walk Happening Soon #Toronto


 WHAT:   5KM Walk
13th annual Meagan’s Walk: Creating a Circle of Hope to raise awareness, and generate support for, children and families affected by paediatric brain tumours. The five kilometre walk, presented by Colliers International, starts at Fort York and ends with participants forming a giant human hug around The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). To date, Meagan’s Walk has raised more than $3.1 million.

2014 is “The Year of the Hug” for Meagan’s Walk – celebrating the wish of young Meagan to be able to hug the world and provide hope to those that are sick.  When the walk ends and the participants create a circle to “hug” SickKids hospital, it is a powerful moment that symbolizes Meagan’s wish to embrace not only the families with sick children in the hospital but everyone in the community that helped Meagan’s Walk fulfill its goal.  The hug is a coming together of a compassionate community.  It represents strength in numbers, with everyone standing together hand in hand, working together for a better future.

Meagan’s Walk is part of Healthy and Happy, a SickKids campaign in May to educate and raise awareness in the community about children’s health issues. The theme of this year’s campaign is Healthy Active Living. Participating in Meagan’s Walk is a great way for families to be active and spend time outdoors.

WHEN:   Saturday, May 10, 2014

8:30 a.m.       Registration opens at Fort York
8:30 a.m.       Children’s activities and entertainment begin
8:30 a.m.       Wall of Honour at starting area – participants encouraged to sign and offer dedications or wishes of support
8:45 a.m.       Opening ceremonies
9:00 a.m.       Interview opportunity with Denise Bebenek
10:00 a.m.      Walk starts at Fort York
11:00 a.m.      Participants begin arriving at SickKids to form human hug around the hospital
11:45 a.m.      Hospital hug
11:50 a.m.      Closing remarks (located in front of the hospital’s Elizabeth Street entrance)
12:00 p.m.      Interviews and photo opportunity with Bebenek family, friends and SickKids patients
12:05 p.m.      Performance by Spice Girls tribute band, Wannabe
12:15 p.m.      Mother’s Way – inside SickKids Atrium
12:30 p.m.      Street party and closing festivities

WHERE:  Start – Fort York, 250 Old Fort York Blvd., Toronto, ON
        Finish – The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON (Elizabeth Street entrance)

WHO:    Thousands of caring families, teams and individuals come together to create a Circle of Hope
        Denise Bebenek - Meagan’s mother and founder of Meagan’s Walk
Dr. Eric Bouffet - Paediatric neuro-oncologist and director of the Brain Tumour Program at SickKids
Dr. James Rutka - Neuro-surgeon and director of The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at SickKids
                Kim Stockwood (and family) - Canadian singer
Alicia Markson - Television personality
Ken Norris - executive managing director at Colliers International
Wannabe - Spice Girls tribute band performing at SickKids
Sheila McCarthy (and family) - Award-winning Canadian actress

Photo Opportunities
•       Meagan’s Walk kick-off at Fort York with Bebenek family
•       Wall of Honour featuring celebrities at Fort York
•       Thousands of participants forming human hug around SickKids
•       Families affected by paediatric brain tumours participating in official proceedings
‘Mother’s Way’ honouring those whose children are patients at SickKids this Mother’s Day weekend

Presenting Sponsor
Colliers International is Canada’s largest commercial real estate services company, providing a full range of services to real estate occupiers, developers and investors.  Colliers is a unique, exciting company whose enterprising spirit, commitment to service excellence and culture of collaboration accelerate the success of their people, clients and communities.

HOW:    To participate in Meagan’s Walk, you can register at today!

 Meagan’s Walk – Fast Facts

About Meagan’s Walk
In 2000, Denise’s daughter Meagan was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour at four years old.  This was something the family knew little about.  It was not until they lost her six short months later that they learned brain tumours are the leading cause of cancerous death amongst children and teenagers up to the age of 20.

To Denise, it was a shocking statistic, and she knew something had to be done to get it under control.  It was the start of an idea that became Meagan’s Walk.  Denise wanted to honour her daughter while raising awareness and generating funds for paediatric brain tumour research. Over the past 12 years, over $3.1 million has been raised through Meagan’s Walk. For more information, visit


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