Our Stories

Mitchell Vendrov beside the RMHC Toronto sign
June 12, 2017
A talented teen
Mitchell Vendrov is a busy guy. On top of his grade 12 studies, he plays piano, is on the debate team, serves on student council, volunteers at his local hospital and dabbles in poetry writing...
Michelle Palmer giving a woman a foot massage
May 17, 2017
Taking some "me" time
Families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto can now treat themselves to a spa visit without ever leaving the House. Michelle Palmer, owner of Toronto’s Pause Beauty...
Meryl Acker and Nonie Wicken
April 19, 2017
More than a mentor
Until two months ago, Nonie Wicken and Meryl Acker were two strangers, loosely connected by their shared passion for helping families at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto. Today...
Maiko Taku
March 15, 2017
My Canadian happy place
Six years ago, I immigrated to Canada to work as a live-in caregiver. I grew up in Japan, and I don’t have any family or friends in Canada. Since I was a caregiver, I didn’t even have...
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...
Toronto firefighters with Santa
December 12, 2016
The man who brings Santa
“The kids.” That’s what has motivated Paul Beames to keep coming back to RMHC Toronto on Christmas morning every year for the past 15 years. Paul, a 30-year veteran of Toronto...
John petting therapy dog Bogey
November 15, 2016
Everyone's best friend
One of the most difficult parts of being away from home is leaving behind a beloved pet. For almost seven years, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Bogey has helped fill that void for...
Lolli and Louise of Kingcrafts holding knitted items
October 18, 2016
Made with love
When families with seriously ill children have to travel for medical treatment, the smallest details can help bring them a feeling of home. Families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC...
Mary Lipsett and Yvonne Paech
September 21, 2016
Greeted with a smile
Sometimes, a friendly face makes a world of difference for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto. Mary Lipsett and Yvonne Paech are two of those smiling faces...
Saraiva family in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Credit Valley Hospital
July 20, 2016
"We are important"
When volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto Family Room at Credit Valley Hospital, Indra Persad-Garcia knows that her work is being appreciated.“Families are...
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