Our Stories

Elias and Jennifer
July 18, 2019
Home sweet home
Jennifer Vidal has mixed feelings about today. At 9 a.m., she and her son, Elias, are boarding a plane and flying back to Saskatchewan. They’ve been staying at RMHC Toronto since February...
Three boys
July 18, 2019
You’ve got a friend
Among the many things that kids with a serious illness need are friends who know what they are going through. The School at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto helps fill that need. The...
Heffernan family
June 12, 2019
My dad, my strength
Garry Heffernan is like so many dads at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto. After his daughter Abby was diagnosed with cancer, he dropped everything to be there for her. The Heffernan...
Fish tank
May 23, 2019
A fish story
It’s the centrepiece of our Family Lounge. The aquarium at RMHC Toronto holds a special place in the hearts of most families who have called the House their home. The colourful collection of...
Anne-Marie with her son, Lucas
April 16, 2019
A mother's wish
By Anne-Marie MacKenzie My wish for Mother’s Day is a simple one: I want a quiet day at home with both of my children. I have spent much of the last 10 months afraid I’d lose one of...
Kelsey, Charlie and Bekah
March 20, 2019
Together at last
Two-year-old Charlie has a close bond with her mom and dad. That’s because she rarely spends a moment away from them. Charlie has a rare genetic disease called erythropoietic protoporphyria...
The Triantafilou family
December 07, 2018
A stocking for Isabella
Isabella was supposed to be a Christmas baby. Instead, she unexpectedly came three months early. Thanks to your support, the Triantafilou family has found a home at RMHC Toronto since late...
Brianne with friends
August 30, 2018
Facing cancer with friends and family
Brianne Van Allen is a typical 13-year-old girl who likes to hang out with her friends, spend time outdoors, play hockey and figure skate. This July, tests at a hospital near her home in Havelock,...
RMHC Toronto with a LEED banner hung on building
May 09, 2018
Green built. Gold certified.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto has always been green, and now we’re officially Gold! LEED Gold, that is. We are proud to have recently received our LEED Gold Certification...
March 14, 2018
Journey Beads to capture the family story
Hospitals have their bravery beads and courage beads, and now Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto is introducing Journey Beads. Beginning next week, during Child Life Month in Canada,...
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