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June 9, 2022



SickKids VS Despair

We spoke with 9-year-old Hunter about living with an incurable brain tumour and how SickKids helped her live her best life amid the worst prognosis. Update: 13 days after this episode aired, Hunter died of her illness. It was because of Hunter that we bring you this story about how to live in the shadow of death. And how we can help kids find life and meaning, right to the end.    

Hunter, 10, PACT Patient at SickKids



Hunter and Family






Hunter and Her Little Sister, Londyn


Shaindy Alexander, Child Life Specialist


Related Extras

The PACT Team:

  • Adam Rapoport, PACT Physician and Medical Director
  • Kevin Weingarten, PACT Physician
  • Kate Nelson, PACT Physician
  • Sarah Lord, PACT Physician
  • Natalie Jewitt, PACT Physician
  • Shaindy Alexander, Community Psychosocial Support
  • Francis Macapagal, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Rebecca Williams, Nurse Practitioner
  • Natalie Roberts, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Lori Ives-Baine, Grief Support Coordinator
  • Sheila Atkinson, Grief Support Coordinator
  • Kim Widger, PACT Nursing
    Research Associate
  • Jenny Loor, Administrative Coordinator
  • Nadeera Carranza, Patient Information
    Coodinator & Administrative Assistant
  • Kira Goodman, Project Manager



About Kids Health


Learn more from, a health education website for children, youth and caregivers that is written and approved by the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids):

About the Host: Hannah Bank

As a SickKids Foundation writer, Hannah works closely with world-renowned SickKids scientists, physicians, and researchers, turning dense medical jargon into engaging content about the latest research and treatments for kids. She’s inspired by the hope and perseverance of young patients and their families, a fantastic team of colleagues, and her three young girls at home.

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