Thousands of participants are expected to fill the downtown core this morning in honour of the 15th annual Meagan’s Walk.
Meagan Bebenek was just four years old when she was diagnosed with brain stem glioma, an inoperable brain tumour. She died in 2001, six months after her diagnosis.
Following her passing Meagan’s mother, Denise, decided to start Meagan’s Walk, which has become an annual event to raise funds for the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
The five kilometre fundraiser, which has raised more than $4.1 million for paediatric brain tumour research at Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at SickKids, will kick-off at Fort York Historical Site, 250 Fort York Blvd., with registration at 8:30 a.m. A ribbon cutting will mark the official start of the walk at 10 a.m., with participants walking along downtown sidewalks before heading up University Avenue to form a human hug around the hospital at 11:45 a.m.
The only road closure associated with the event will occur on Elizabeth Street, from Gerrard Street West to Elm Street, from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Toronto Police Service say motorists can expect minor delays as participants cross at major intersections, and TTC vehicles will be assisted through intersections as required.