500 families supported in first year

December 07, 2017
The RMHC Toronto Family Room at Health Sciences North celebrates its first anniversary
Gobeil family
The Gobeil family, one of the 469 families supported since opening

Today marks one year since the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto Family Room opened at Health Sciences North (HSN). To date, the Family Room has supported 469 Northeastern Ontario families with seriously ill children being treated at HSN.

The RMHC Toronto Family Room is a retreat within the hospital. It provides a welcoming and comforting environment where parents can rest and recharge away from the clinical environment of their child’s room. This, in turn, allows them to be a more active member of their child’s health care team.

“You never know you need a place like this until you need a place like this,” says Tina Dore, from Val Caron. Tina used the Family Room while her daughter, Lia, was treated in the neonatal intensive care unit for two weeks after being born prematurely.

“The RMHC Toronto Family Room was a fantastic place to sit, relax and, most importantly, have a space to spend quality time with our older child, who was patiently waiting at home with Daddy for us to come home.”

Northeastern Ontario families like Tina’s can use the Family Room thanks to the support of local donors. RMHC Toronto is an independent charity and receives no government funding, so it relies on the generosity of the community. And, thanks to the 47 volunteers who work in the Family Room, it’s open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with rest and respite rooms available for overnight use.

“Thank you to everyone in the Sudbury area who has contributed to the success of our first year at HSN,” says Sally Ginter, CEO, RMHC Toronto. “We’re so grateful to the donors and volunteers who make it possible for us to be there for families in crisis.”

Donate now to support the RMHC Toronto Family Room at HSN this holiday season.