Ronald McDonald Houses help give sick children what they need most – their families.
In 2000, my oldest daughter 'Hero' was born at 36 weeks. The doctors told me not to worry, that she'd be about 5 lbs and would likely just need a quick trip to the NICU for assessment, and to make sure that all was well. All was NOT well, it was one thing leading to another and so on. My tiny little 'Hero' was born 3 lbs 15 oz. They found that she had a grade 3 brain hemmorage, among other things.. My world collapsed around me. I was only 19 years old. I honestly thought that I was going to lose my baby, and that the world was ending. 'Hero' spent just over 4 weeks in the NICU, followed up by 2 long years of follow-up and procedures but 'Hero' got her miracle and is now a smart and wonderful tween.
In 2004, we decided to take the plunge and got pregnant with baby #2. We made the drive from London to Toronto for prenatal care and testing many many times. Then while undergoing a Fetal Blood Sampling appointment I went into preterm labour. We had discussed the what if's beforehand including how Sick Kids Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House would be there for us if anything should go wrong. I knew I was in good hands. But thankfully we never needed it. Labour was stopped finally and we were headed home. I would later give birth to a happy healthy girl a couple days after her due date.
It all starts with the diagnosis. For the family, the world stops, and nothing matters but healing their sick child. They often need to travel far from home for the essential medical care, and to stay for extended periods of time during tests and treatments. Repeat visits may be necessary.
For some families, their stay at a House offers final moments and memories that last a lifetime. During this difficult time, parents not only struggle to support their sick child; they have to care for their other children, keep their jobs, pay bills, and manage the responsibilities of everyday life. With so much to balance, they shouldn’t have to worry about anything else.
RMHC Canada Quick Facts
- Founded in 1982 to give Ronald McDonald Houses lasting support
- McDonald’s Canada covers all of RMHC Canada’s administrative and operating costs, making it possible for 100% of every directly donated dollar to go to Ronald McDonald Houses and their programs.
- Each Ronald McDonald House is independently owned and operated by not-for profit organizations relying on the support of McDonald’s, RMHC Canada and individual donors, corporate donors and community groups.
- Over 227,000 Canadian families have been served since the opening of the first Toronto House in 1981.
- Since 2004, McDonald’s Canada and its Owner/Operators have donated 10 cents from the sale of every Happy Meal sold in Canada to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, raising more than $34 million to date.
- McDonald’s restaurants across the country host McHappy Day, an annual day of giving to support local children’s charities, including Ronald McDonald Houses.
- Every year, McDonald’s Canada Owner/Operators, executives and employees volunteer thousands of hours.
- Coin Boxes at local McDonald’s restaurants continue McDonald’s tradition of giving to local Ronald McDonald Houses and many local community charities.
Make sure you stop by your local McDonalds on Wednesday May 2nd, because on that day, McDonalds Canada will donate $1 from every BigMac, HappyMeal, and hot McCafe drink to local charities such as the Ronald McDonald Houses!
You can also text MCHAPPY to 30333 to make a $5 donation to RMCH Canada.
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