The girl with the mylar balloon

March 15, 2017
Sydney inspires families to attend RECESS
Sydney Lewis

It’ll be hard to miss Sydney Lewis at RECESS on April 2.

The little girl will have a beaming smile and a big mylar balloon tied to her stroller to tell the world it’s her 3rd birthday!

“She’s never been to an event this big. She’s going to be just flabbergasted,” says her mother, Jennifer.

RECESS is a new family-friendly fundraising event supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto. Spanning the entire floor, stands and concession areas of Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre, RECESS will include midway games, video games, basketball, foosball, Twister, bouncy castles, balloons, photo booths, live entertainment and a whole range of delicious foods for kids of all ages. Sydney is especially looking forward to meeting the characters from PAW Patrol.

Jennifer and Steve with Sydney

In honour of Sydney’s birthday, Jennifer and her husband, Steve, have been encouraging all their family and friends to buy tickets and join them at the event. The family, from Innisfil, Ont., has spread the word to more than 800 people in their network.

“It’s an amazing way for us to celebrate Sydney and to give back,” says Jennifer.

The Lewis family stayed at RMHC Toronto for almost 10 months after Sydney was born prematurely in 2014, and they were back for several weeks earlier this year when she experienced serious respiratory issues. Sydney lives with chronic lung disease and congenital heart issues.

“Ronald McDonald House gives us comfort in knowing we always have a place to go to get grounded, and to get away from the pace of the hospital at the end of the day. It brings us so many conveniences that we would not otherwise have,” says Jennifer.

With Sydney back on the mend after her recent hospitalization, she’s now returning to her normal, bubbly self.

“Sydney is a busy body. She’s into everything. She’s very social, energetic and curious by nature. A happy-go-lucky kid,” says Jennifer.

“Encouraging everyone we know to attend RECESS is our way to pay it forward to other families just like us.”

RECESS takes place Sunday, April 2 at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Learn more and buy your tickets today. Special family pricing is available.

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