At the House for the holidays

December 06, 2017
The Tripodi family is together at RMHC Toronto this holiday season
Tripodi family

If Matthew Tripodi had his choice, he’d be hitting the ice in Sudbury this weekend with his teammates on the Lo-Ellen Lightning hockey team. This nine-year-old loves sports.

But this holiday season, Matthew is going to be continuing chemotherapy treatments in Toronto to cure an aggressive form of cancer, Burkitt’s lymphoma.

Matthew needs his family by his side.

With a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto, you can help keep families like his together when they need each other the most.

“Our life went from 0 to 100 in one day,” says Matthew’s dad, Lorenzo, about the terrible Friday in July when Matthew was diagnosed with the disease. “But as soon as we walked into RMHC Toronto, we thought, ‘We are going to be OK.’”

Matthew and Maggie Tripodi

While Matthew undergoes treatment, his little sister Maggie, 8, attends RMHC Toronto School, where she is thriving.

“We wouldn’t have our family together without this place,” says Kathy, Matthew’s mom. “RMHC Toronto makes us a family unit. It takes care of so many things so we can focus on Matthew.”

If it weren’t for the generous support of donors like you, we would not be able to support families like the Tripodis. We couldn’t be here for the 5,000 families with seriously ill children who will need our support over the next year.

Matthew and Maggie know they are going to miss Christmas in Sudbury this year. That usually means gathering at their grandparents’ home to feast on homemade pizza and pasta dishes and play with their cousins.

Tripodi family

But the family knows they are where they need to be right now.

“Just walking in the front door of the House and being welcomed so warmly makes it feel like our home away from home,” says Kathy. “It means a lot. We’re getting through it, thanks to RMHC Toronto donors.”

Donate now to support families like the Tripodis.