Family Stories

A New Heart for Gavin

Gavin Gillies was born on May 10, 2016, with a heart defect. At 21 days old his medical journey began when doctors fitted him with a pacemaker. This marks sweet Gavin’s journey through heart failure, and his family’s journey of keeping their son close at Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta. Candace, Gavin, & Matt…

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A House of Their Own

Three years ago Uma and Jay Kudumadillam emigrated from India to Canada, settling in Calgary, Alberta, to begin a new life full of promise. But when their newborn son’s liver began to fail, all hope of a bright, happy future vanished before their eyes. Dathatreyan Kudumadillam was born with liver complications, and early in his…

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Minute by Minute, Day by Day

For over 200 days Jack McVey has been in the hospital, away from his twin sister Elliott, and away from his parents Alana and Adam. A complicated pregnancy from the start, Alana was on bed rest for four weeks to help correct a placenta bleed with Elliott. At 21 weeks Alana started having symptoms that…

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The Meaning of Family

It takes a strong bond to keep a family whole during the illness of a child, and family means everything to the Reeds. Parents Julie and Allen raise their four children in La Crete, Alberta, a small town 700km away from Edmonton. They never imagined what life would be like with a sick child, let…

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Comfort in Community

The Stewart Family Becoming parents for the first time is an incredibly exciting experience with dreams of milestones like first baths and coming home from the hospital… But that isn’t always the story for some families. Tennille and Graham Stewart were elated to start their family. For the Spruce Grove couple everything seemed to be…

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Coping with the Unexpected

Alysa is a planner, but when she became pregnant with her first child she entered a world that most parents can’t plan for: the serious illness of a child.

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Fighting Fire with Fire

The Walsh Family Four days after their son was born, Jessy and Kyle named him Aiden, which means little fire in Gaelic. Aiden was born at 23 weeks gestation because of a prior miscarriage, mom Jessy’s hormones were telling her body that she was ready to deliver. The doctors told Jessy and Kyle that little…

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The Warren Family

Bently Warren was born premature and has dealt with croup, bronchiolitis, and constant visits to the hospital since birth. For a year his parents Jennifer and Chris searched for answers, and Bently was finally diagnosed with a rare narrowing of his airway which has caused many other respiratory issues along the way. Doctors needed to…

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The Tkach Family

Imagine this. You are 11 weeks pregnant on your fourth child. You are so excited to soon welcome a new bundle of joy to your family. You’re glowing with happiness! One day while going about your regular daily activities, you start to have contractions. You rush to the hospital only to find out that something…

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The Bowman Family

Across the world there are over 350 Ronald McDonald Houses® bringing family-centered care to families every day of the year. It all started with the House in Philadelphia which opened in 1974. Families with sick children were in crisis, and an original group of champions dreamed of a supportive home to ease their burdens. Now,…

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