Sick Kids Foundation Meagan's Walk Circle of Hope

Sick Kids Foundation Meagan's Walk Circle of Hope

April 27, 2007 14:27 ET

One Thousand Cranes and Hundreds of Children

Give Hope To Kids With Brain Tumours

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) - One thousand origami cranes, the Japanese symbol of hope, will be presented to children with brain tumours on the front lawn of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) on Wednesday, May 2. The Crane Ceremony, which starts at 10:30 am, is a kickoff to Meagan's Walk which will take place on Mother's Day, May 13.

- Denise Bebenek, mother of Meagan Bebenek who died in 2001 of brain stem glioma, an inoperable brain tumour, Founder, Meagan's Walk
- Children with brain tumours, including: Julian Pope 11, Tobin Haas 7, Allesio Cacavella, 6, Julia Blyth, 14
- Hundreds of school children from Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School and St. Raphael Catholic School will perform 'Meagan's Song.'
- Dr. Eric Bouffet, Neuro Oncologist, SickKids

- A ceremony of hope and healing for children with brain tumours

- The Hospital for Sick Children, front lawn (University Avenue)

- Wednesday, May 2, 10:30-11:15

When Meagan was very ill, her classmates at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School offered her origami cranes, the Japanese symbol of hope and healing, as a wish to make her well. One thousand origami cranes are needed to have one's wish granted.

Meagan's Walk, Creating a Circle of Hope is a 5-km walk that starts at Ontario Place and ends at SickKids in a human chain - sharing one big hug around the hospital. The embrace is a symbol of hope, strength and support for the children of SickKids.

Where once hundreds gathered for "the hug," now there are thousands, and this year, its sixth, Meagan's Walk is hoping to hit the million dollar mark, crucial in the fight against paediatric brain tumours, the leading cause of cancerous death in children and adolescents under 20. Donation and additional information is available at

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Susan McLennan
Babble On Communications
Ph: (416) 699-1846
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Deborah Keegan
Babble On Communications
Ph: (416) 691-5168
cell: (416) 525-5177

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