Family Stories

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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The Anton Roberts Family

At six years old, Josie’s pediatrician referred her and her family to a neurosurgeon. The startling realization that the symptoms she had been exhibiting since her birth were so serious it required testing with the neurology department, was something her entire family could not fathom.   At an age when kids are starting school, playing…

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The Sanford Family

Ezekiel recognizes every time he sees something different at the Ronald McDonald House. So much so that mom and dad (Katie and James) went out of their way to get a couple new stools for the play area because Ezekiel very vividly remembered the red play pieces and wanted to have them in the small…

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The Campbell Family

Isabelle Campbell is known to everyone as Izzy, a spunky House Hero who keeps up with her older brother Sid. But what many people do not know is that Izzy began her fight with a rare liver disease right from birth. She was diagnosed with biliary atresia, which causes problems and eventually failure liver failure.…

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The Newberry Family

Jack Mally Newberry was born happy and healthy on January 7, 2012, the New Year’s baby in his hometown of Vermillion. He had unnaturally high bilirubin levels and, after many tests, Jack was diagnosed with biliary atresia on March 20, 2012. In an instant, the Newberry family was thrust into a life of surgeries, a…

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The Cartwright Family

After a fire claimed their home in Westlock, the Cartwright family started building a new life in Debolt, Alberta. But life threw the family another challenge, one that quickly changed their lives in an instant. Scott and Robyn’s son Jordan was not feeling like himself. He was in pain and feeling sick, but doctors had…

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The Hutcheon-Day Family

Now that the Hutcheon-Day family has settled into their new normal in Toronto, reflecting back on their time at Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta is bittersweet. Emerson was diagnosed prenatally with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Trinela and Daniel knew they needed to relocate to Edmonton from Red Deer to give their son the…

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The Raike Family

For Sheri Raike’s family, RMHCNA has been a stress-reliever. For her, the House does not feel like a hotel, and for that she is thankful. At a hotel, a family can never be at home. Parents must constantly make sure the kids are quiet, and that the neighbours aren’t disturbed. For Sheri’s children, RMHCNA is…

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