We have a saying at RMHNA: Once a House family, always a House family. Our families come through our doors at a time of crisis and uncertainty and find a sanctuary of community, support, hope, and strength. It is a high privilege when the family makes the journey home – often to a ‘new normal’ – and decides to give back by sharing their story and inspiring their community and family to support the House that was their home.

In May of 2011, RMHNA welcomed the Aikman family. Their oldest son, Harrison, had contracted a virus that destroyed his liver, and he was desperately in need of a transplant. With their family and medical world upside down, they found comfort and strength within the walls of the House. Mom, Jennifer, would be found to be a donor match and become a living donor for her son. You can watch the Aikman’s story here:

Harrison is doing great and thriving at home. The family continues to heal together and comes to Edmonton, staying at RMHNA when accommodations are available, for regular appointments. Dad, Brodie, has stayed very involved with RMHNA since their family stayed in 2011. He serves on our Communications Advisory Committee and writes incredible poetry that is used to thank our donors and supporters. His perspective is rich and real; he knows first hand the journey of a House family.

Brodie’s passion for writing has led him to write a children’s book called Old Brown Beard, a pirate’s tale that celebrates the differences that make us all special. You can see more and order your own copy here:

We are thrilled that Brodie and his family are supporting RMHNA with the sale of Old Brown Beard: $2 from each book sale will be donated to the House!

This Thursday, November 27, 2014, we have a matching donor for up to 50 books purchased (online only) that day. Purchase a copy this Thursday for a special child’s holiday gift or stocking stuffer and your $2 donation will be matched for a $4 donation per book! It’s the gift that gives back!