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Sears Cancer Clinic has room for fun

Joey Maccuzzo likes the interactive jumping pad, and he likes creating patterns on the board with magnetic pieces. He and the other patients who come to the new Sears Cancer Clinic at SickKids can choose from an impressive selection of toys or relax in the big, bright waiting room with kitchen facilities – the real kind for parents and a play kitchen for patients.

Both Joey, 6, and his mother, Maria, are enjoying the new haematology/oncology clinic and the distractions it offers. Staff members are also thrilled with the work environment of the new facility. They have more room to do their work and better opportunities to connect with patients than they did in the old clinic. With exam rooms well away from the waiting rooms, the experience is enhanced for everyone: staff can provide better service to patients, and children and their parents can focus on something else than needles and medication.

The new clinic opened in January, 2010, at an event attended by donors, staff and patients. One of the speakers was Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of SickKids.

“We know the hospital experience can have a significant impact on children and families dealing with cancer and blood disorders, which is why we focus so much on family-centred care,” she said. “The Sears Cancer Clinic will make a real difference for our patients and families. We are grateful to our many donors in the community whose support helps us provide world-leading haematology and oncology treatment.”

In Canada on average, approximately 1,400 children a year are diagnosed with cancer. SickKids treats approximately 25 per cent of those children. SickKids also cares for a large number of children with sickle cell anaemia, thalassaemia, haemophilia and other rare blood disorders.  With survival rate for childhood cancers increasing, the volume of patients visiting the outpatient clinic has increased dramatically, and today, the clinic sees between 100 and 120 patients per day. The size of the former clinic, as well as the need for patients to remain in clinic for several hours at a time, meant new and more comfortable space was critically needed.

The creation of the Sears Cancer Clinic was made possible thanks to a contribution of more than $6.8 million from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and a $5-million donation from Sears Canada Charitable Foundation. Other major donors to the clinic, with gifts of $1 million or more, include the Erlick  Family and the Colonel Harland Sanders Charitable Organization, Inc.

Read about the SickKids Comprehensive Cancer Centre.


Dene Rogers, President, Sears Canada Inc. with Helena Kirk and her mother, Sarah Kirk.




Dene Rogers, President, Sears Canada Inc. participated in the opening of Sears Cancer Clinic where he met Helena Kirk and her mother, Sarah Kirk.









Mary Jo Haddad and the Honourable Deb Matthews with patients




Mary Jo Haddad (left), President and CEO of SickKids, and The Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-term Care, with patients at the opening of the new haematology-oncology clinic.








Joey Maccuzzo with his mother and doctors




Joey Maccuzzo, 6, and his mother, Maria, with Drs. Paul Nathan and Sumit Gupta.