Our Stories

Jennifer Weeks hugging her son, Jacob
November 16, 2016
New heart, same Jacob
Jacob Weeks-Anderson, 13, had a heart transplant on Sept. 30, and his recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. In addition to first-class health care, his mom, Jennifer, credits his...
Joey, Naomi and family
October 19, 2016
"Relief and distraction"
It’s hard to put into words, but Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto gave us a lot of relief and distraction from the stress of having our child in the hospital and not knowing if...
The Andrews family in Claire's hospital room
October 18, 2016
Family: The best gift of all
UPDATE: Claire got her new heart on Nov. 24, one day before her first birthday! She is doing well and will continue to heal with her family at RMHC Toronto for the next few months. A lot of...
The Anderson family meeting Ronald McDonald
September 21, 2016
A positive light
Landon Anderson is the “positive light in our family,” says his mom, Angel. His positivity has been a blessing during a scary time for the Andersons. Landon, 8, is being treated for...
Allan Marsh in the gym and Astena Marsh in her hospital bed
September 21, 2016
Running for Astena
“Friends and family are always asking what they can do to help, and this is a great way. I want people to know how important this House is.”Allan Marsh, from Geary, N.B., is training...
Madelyn and Faye Andrews
August 17, 2016
Grandma is a girl's best friend
Grandparents are wonderful for so many reasons. They give the best hugs, they always remember birthdays and they’re great support when times get tough. The Andrews family from Lewins Cove...
Kevin, Brody, Shannon and Parker Rankka
July 20, 2016
Woodworking, Darth Vader and normalcy
Kevin: Our journey to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto was a quick one, as many families experience. In May 2014 we suspected something big was going on with our now eight-year...
Bellefeuille family
July 20, 2016
Dr. Seuss helped raise $700
For his first birthday, Tyce Bellefeuille was given almost $700 worth of gifts. But it wasn’t in the form of toys. At the request of his parents, Tyce’s party guests donated money to...
Xie family
June 22, 2016
Amazing Amy
At 18, Amy Xie has had more medical trauma than most people four times her age. While her peers worried about crushes and weekend plans, Amy endured dangerously low oxygen levels, strokes in her...
Esmae and Faith Hiebert with their dad, John
June 15, 2016
"Daddy's goodnight kisses"
Ask Esmae Hiebert what she likes best about her dad and a big smile crosses her face. “I really like his beard,” says the 10-year-old from Wheatley, Ont. “It’s really...
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