Give a Hug Day

2016 Update: On March 5 2016, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada will once again celebrate the incredible strength of brain tumour patients, survivors and caregivers with “Give-a-Hug Day.” All Canadians can reach out and hug someone special on March 5, as a way to show your support for the 55,000 men, women and kids living with a brain tumour.  Watch the video below to learn why!


From 2015: “Give-a-Hug Day” stems from young brain tumour survivor Sebastian Yanquelevech’s concerns that his mother would feel upset during his second brain surgery, which happens to be on March 5.

First reported by the Huffington Post on Feburary 13, 2015, the 8-year-old didn’t want his mom to be alone while he undergoes the operation, and together they came up with the idea to ask for people to give hugs on the same day.

“When we heard about Sebastian, we were blown away by his love and concern for his mom, Nadine,” explained Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada CEO, Carl Cadogan. “Each day living with a brain tumour diagnosis is scary – whether you’re in treatment or you’re caring for someone on the journey. ‘Give-a-Hug Day’ is the perfect chance to remind the people you love just how important they are.”

“Every little bit of courage and strength makes a difference when you’re on the brain tumour journey. We hope Sebastian, Nadine and everyone affected by this disease finds March 5 a little brighter, a little sunnier, and hopefully a little more hope,” adds Cadogan.

Get involved with “Give-a-Hug Day” by:

  • Giving a hug to your loved ones in honour of Sebastian and all brain tumour patients
  • Sharing your story and photos of hugging and hope in the form below or on social media with the hashtag #GiveAHug

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