To my husband on Father's Day

June 13, 2017
A tribute to an amazing father
Charles Ducharme holding his daughter, Madalayna

At Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto, we keep families close. Few bonds are closer than between a father and daughter.

Though we bring light and normalcy to the lives of our families in every way we can, their journeys are never easy. As Father’s Day approaches, one mother shares her gratitude for her husband, and all the fathers like him, who give their families strength at RMHC Toronto.

Father's Day: The one day a year we stop and give thanks to our dads for having such an incredible impact on our lives. As a mother of a sick child, Mother’s Day was a struggle for me. Our daughter, Madalayna, was born in August 2016 with a rare genetic disorder. This past March, we came to Toronto from our home in Windsor so she could receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Our family – including my husband, Charles, and our two-year-old son, Henrik – has been staying at RMHC Toronto ever since.

Now, as I look ahead to Father's Day, I wonder what my husband, the father of our two beautiful kids, is thinking and feeling. As a parent, it’s hard to watch your child be unwell. We live day by day, hour by hour. No sleep and tons of uncertainty, all while being hours away from home and a normal life.

During Madalayna’s medical journey, my husband has been my rock. He is the one person who is just as stressed as I am, yet he always remains calm. He deals with the doctors and knows all the ins and outs of our daughter's disease. He holds a lot on his shoulders. 

When I watch my husband play with our crazy two-year-old and see how he loves and cares for our infant daughter, I hope he knows that he is the glue holding everything together for us. I hope he has a wonderful Father's Day knowing he is loved by his whole family. 

And I hope that all fathers feel love and joy on this special day, especially the ones in difficult circumstances with sick children. You are all loved and we couldn't do this without you.

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Just remember...our pain is your pain. I am a volunteer and have been for 6 years. Whatever you need, whenever you need it, just call. Prayers for the family.
18/06/2017 9:09:53 PM

Chris Romanick
What a beautiful tribute Tamara to Charles. You both compliment each other and could not be handling all of the mountains you climb without each other. Henrik and Madalayna are so happy to have you both. Happy Parents day to both of you. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.
15/06/2017 9:16:48 PM

jeff gray
You are both strong, being able to hold things together, each person has their strengths and weakness but you two balance each other. I have know each of you a long time, you are both good parents and great support givers to both Henrick and Layna. You will get through this and I wish Charles a happy father's day.
14/06/2017 4:15:38 PM

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