A family friend of mine was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2009 when he was 13. His family spent months at the Ronald McDonald House in Calgary. One weekend, we visited them there. The set up is similar to the Edmonton House. There is a large kitchen area divided into a few kitchens where the families make meals together. There is a game and playroom downstairs where kids relax and just hang out and have fun. We sure did. We played foosball and sang karaoke at the top of our lungs.

While I am volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton as part of a university course, coming here doesn’t feel like homework to me.

The Ronald McDonald House is meant to be a home away from home for children and their families, and from what I have experienced that is exactly what it is. But don’t take my word for it. Come by for a tour of RMHCNA, or take a virtual tour, and see for yourself how the House is set up to best support the families that stay here.

Teresa is a fourth year physics student at the University of Alberta, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House as part of a Community Service Learning class.