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May 11, 2023



SickKids VS Hardship

A cancer diagnosis alone is scary and stressful, especially when it involves a child. But the emotional and logistical fallout also upends a family's day-to-day life. Discover what happens when a first-of-its-kind program deploys resource navigators—Dennis and Lisa, who work tirelessly to show families that they are not alone.

Yuniarti and Ney, mother and daughter cancer patients

Dennis Maplazi, Patient and Family Experience Specialist and former Resource Navigator, Garron Family Psychosocial Program, SickKids. Dennis recently started a new position at SickKids with the Office of Patient and Family as a Patient and Family Experience Specialist.



Lisa Berardo, Social Worker and Resource Navigator, Garron Family Psychosocial Program, SickKids



Dr. Sarah Alexander Clinical Director, Haematology/Oncology, Murphy Family Oncology Psychosocial Program Medical Director, SickKids



Ney listens to music and reads books to keep busy while at SickKids



Yuniarti and Ney spend quality mother-daughter time together outdoors



Yuniarti in hospital receiving breast cancer treatment


Yuniarti rings the bell to signify the completion of her cancer treatment



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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.

Hannah Bank