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.

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Fiona McCluskey
We also did not know about the tough times that you have been going through. Sending our support, prayers and positive thoughts your way. Your former neighbour Fiona & Mike.
12/01/2018 9:29:04 PM

Tricia & Ian Preston
Bless you all,Kath & Lorenzo. We will keep praying for remission from Australia, which means that you should have 24 hour global prayer coverage for Matthew ... and we'll be praying for all the Tripodis too. Sometimes, just sitting on the sidelines is the hardest job! Thank heavens for Ronald McDonald which helps ease that strain. Will follow Matthew's progress closely. With prayerful concern and love - Tricia & Ian
02/01/2018 12:12:19 AM

Grade 5/6 class at St.Francis
Dear Matthew and family,
We miss you and think of you daily. Our classroom family is your other family. Hoping your treatments go well. Can't wait to see you again when you are able. Glad your family is able to be with you. We wish you all a merry Christmas.
Your classmates and teacher
11/12/2017 9:41:01 AM

Dorothy Heaslip
Hi Tripodi's! I had no idea you were all going through this. I'm so grateful that you are able to be together with Matthew in Toronto as a family. I'll be praying for Matthew, speedy recovery Handsome! And I'm saying lots of prayers for your whole family, that you can continue to support each other, be together and that you are all able to reunite with the rest of the gang back up in Sudbury in no time at all. So much love is being sent to all of you, Dorothy xoxo
10/12/2017 6:27:30 AM

Peter met your Dad this summer and learned of your unexpected bad news. I called Anastasia right away, and we both felt your grief, I want to express our hope that the future, though challenging. will turn out all right for Mathew. He will get to play hockey soon. I missed seeing that little spitfire Maggie on the soccer field this summer. Being all together, sharing in all the progess is the best medicine. Cheers to all.
07/12/2017 4:26:56 PM

Holly Reilly
To a family who’s children will always be “my kids”, not a day goes by that I am not thinking of you (all of you). Hoping, wishing and praying for Matthew to return home. Know that although distance separates you from what is “normal” we are all here for you, and always will be. Your kids will forever be “my kids”. Love you all so very much and I carry your family in my heart always.
07/12/2017 10:07:11 AM

Anastasia Rioux
My heart aches for all of you. Please know that I think of you all the time. This is the second person we know going through an ordeal like this in recent years. Just know you are in good hands and we are all cheering and hoping for your happy ending.
06/12/2017 10:49:55 PM

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