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Charles Ducharme holding his daughter, Madalayna
June 13, 2017
To my husband on Father's Day
At Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto, we keep families close. Few bonds are closer than between a father and daughter. Though we bring light and normalcy to the lives of our families...
Owen and Oliver Allard sitting on their lemonade stand
May 17, 2017
Allard Brothers lemonade stand
Families who have been supported by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto often find creative ways to give back. Or in the case of the Allard family, from Whitby, Ont., three different...
Arthur Caparelli, Jorge Venancio and Jennifer Caparelli
May 17, 2017
Making life easier
In August 2016, our son, Arthur, was born with a heart condition. At one and a half months old, Arthur had heart surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). His recovery took six months...
Lillian and Elizabeth Boyd
May 17, 2017
Grandma's girls
Brenda Lariviere believes that Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto provides “the biggest support you can get” for a family with a seriously ill child. She knows this all...
Tara and Jacob Gelinas
May 11, 2017
Together on Mother's Day
Jacob Gelinas gets nervous around doctors and sometimes cries when he needs a blood test. That’s not surprising. The normally happy little boy from Capreol, Ontario has had more medical...
Shane Evelyn and Aleasha Shorts with twins Koa and Nora
April 19, 2017
Double the love
When Aleasha Shorts and Shane Evelyn left their house on Nov. 3, 2016, they never could’ve anticipated that it would be six long months before they would return. Despite having only...
Patrick smiling, with his mother looking on behind him
April 19, 2017
It's not a sprint - it's a marathon
“It’s not a sprint – it’s a marathon.” That’s how Grace Caguioa Valentin describes the journey of having a seriously ill child. It’s a journey she...
Abby and Cassandra Leveille
April 10, 2017
The perfect match
Cassandra and Abby Leveille have a special connection. Just 19 months apart, the sisters have always been close. Whether playing games or trying on makeup together, they’re always there to...
Nicole Cadger, Alexie, Tara and Jacob Gelinas
March 15, 2017
Time to celebrate
There’s gonna be a big birthday party in Capreol, Ont. – hopefully next week. That’s when the Gelinas family expects they’ll get the go-ahead from doctors to go home...
Sydney Lewis
March 15, 2017
The girl with the mylar balloon
It’ll be hard to miss Sydney Lewis at RECESS on April 2. The little girl will have a beaming smile and a big mylar balloon tied to her stroller to tell the world it’s her 3rd...
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