Some much-needed fun

August 31, 2016
Summer Fun had almost 50 campers this summer.
Noah jumping over a pool noodle

Anyone staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto this summer got used to seeing dozens of smiling children proudly wearing yellow t-shirts. As many as 26 kids attended our Summer Fun day camp each day and they had a blast.

Just as importantly, this year’s transition to a full-day camp schedule provided parents with the gift of time. Given that our length of stay at our House has been steadily increasing – the average family stay is now 23 days – parents were extremely grateful to have somewhere enjoyable and educational for their kids to spend their days.

“It gave my children a distraction from the reasons why we are staying the House, and it gave me time to do some errands or appointments while the children are at camp,” says Christina Hiebert.

Christina’s two older children attended camp every day this summer while she cared for Faith, 12 months, who is recovering from a bone marrow transplant.

Not simply for siblings, Summer Fun also had a positive impact on patients as well.

Speaking about her nine-year-old daughter who was receiving cancer treatment, one mom said, “Summer Fun had a huge impact on her physically and emotionally. She was feeling really down, but as soon as I enrolled her, her overall self came back. She was smiling, laughing and engaging.

“I got my child back.”

RMHC Toronto is very grateful to Rexall Foundation for supporting Summer Fun with a generous $25,000 donation. We're also in the process of applying for official accreditation by the Ontario Camps Association.