A Mom's hugA movement started by a mom – that’s Meagan’s Walk. Now in its 17th year, Meagan’s Walk culminates in a human hug that surrounds SickKids with love and hope. Denise Bebenek is the mom behind it. Meagan is her daughter, treated at SickKids for an inoperable brain tumour. When she passed away, Meagan was 5.
Her journey as a SickKids mom galvanized Denise. During Meagan’s illness, she’d felt surrounded by a circle of care. But, as those who’ve been touched by Denise’s energy can tell you, she’s not someone who thinks of herself first. She thought of all the other mothers: “The journey that a mom goes through with a sick child – not just kids with brain tumours – it’s so huge that you feel alone.”