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R.U.T.K.A Fellowship

 Research, Understanding, Teaching, Knowledge and Advancement

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Brain Tumour Research Centre (BTRC) in 2024, Meagan Bebenek Foundation proudly introduces The RUTKA fellowship.

Named in honour of Dr. James Rutka, this program will provide annual funding for a 1st year post-doctorate role in a BTRC lab, enriching their understanding and expertise in paediatric brain tumours. Dr. Rutka's prolific career, embodying the five pillars of our new fellowship- Research, Understanding, Teaching, Knowledge, and Advancement, will serve as an inspiration for first-year post-doctorate fellows.

Meagan Bebenek Foundation has launched two merchandise initiatives, with 100% of sales proceeds supporting the R.U.T.K.A Fellowship. 



Together We Will Sock It To Cancer!

BetterSocks is an initiative where comfort meets purpose. Each pair of Bettersocks features illustrations by paediatric brain tumour patients, symbolizing resilience and hope.

With every purchase of Bettersocks, you're not just getting a quality product; you're also joining us in our mission to raise crucial funds for paediatric brain tumour research. With each pair sold, we take another step towards learning more about paediatric brain tumours and improving the quality of life for children and families impacted by a diagnosis.

The Heroes Behind BetterSocks

Bettersocks hearts

Heart by Emma

Emma, diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG), an inoperable brain tumor at age 4, lost her battle with paediatric brain cancer at 6 after a 22-month fight.

Family by Daniel

Toronto-native Daniel was diagnosed with a brain-stem tumour in high school, undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. He passed away 18 months post-diagnosis.

Bettersocks family
Bettersocks houses

Houses by Meagan

At the age of four, Meagan was diagnosed with DIPG, a malignant and inoperable brain tumour. She tragically lost her battle just six months later.

Ladybugs by Kathryn

Kathryn, was diagnosed with a brain tumour at age four. After her initial surgery, six additional tumours were discovered. She now grapples with lasting effects including memory loss.

Bettersocks ladybugs
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I'm a HUGger

We've all felt the power of a HUG. From reuniting with a loved one to the energy of our annual HUG event, we know it can act as a source of hope.

Our exclusive I’m a HUGger merchandise line shares this message of hope with the world. Sport a hoodie, baseball cap, or t-shirt from our HUGger collection and become an advocate for change. Each purchase reinforces our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for affected children and their families.

Stay Tuned

As we eagerly look ahead, strategizing for the growth and expansion of Meagan Bebenek Foundation, our commitment remains steadfast in continuing to support children and families affected by paediatric brain tumours.


Stay tuned to learn about our upcoming efforts under this initiative and so much more! 

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