Family Stories

The Baars Family

Looking at seven-year-old Alexander’s smile, you would never know that he had a heart transplant less than six weeks ago. We caught up with Alexander Baars, his parents and his little brother in the Magic Room as they celebrated going home. http://rmhcna.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_6729-1_CLIPCHAMP_480p.mp4 Alexander was born with a highly complex congenital heart defect. He had his…

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Emmett Hodge

Amber Hobbs found out early on in her pregnancy that her son had a condition where his stomach and intestines were outside of his body. Her hometown hospital was not equipped to deal with the condition, so she travelled back and forth to Edmonton for scans and tests. Three weeks before Emmett was born, Amber…

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Delaney’s Story

At nine years old, most girls are focused on school friends and fun. Delaney Saunders was no exception. She was a bubbly, outgoing girl with many friends and a passion for dance. When she started having pain in her ankle, she thought she had pulled a muscle dancing. A massage therapist found a lump on…

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The Command Family

Thirty-eight years ago Karen Command was in an accident. With a fractured spinal cord, doctors told Karen that she had no chance of having children, but Karen defied those odds. During a visit to Edmonton in 1995, Karen went into premature labour and was admitted to the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Doctors stopped her contractions, but…

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The Biddlecombe Family

Michael and Descia Biddlecombe were halfway through their pregnancy when Cadoc was born at 24 weeks. While they battled for Cadoc’s life, the Biddlecombes called Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta (RMHCNA) home from May 9, 2013, until returning home to Wetaskiwin on April 11, 2014. Cadoc was born with chronic lung disease and pneumothorax.…

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The Bergen Family

At 25 weeks pregnant Christina Bergen found herself travelling from Grande Prairie to Edmonton via air ambulance on January 13, 2015. She was admitted to the Royal Alexandra Hospital hoping that strict bedrest and medical intervention would delay labour and delivery until she reached at least 30 weeks. However, Christina never made it to 30…

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Solivio Family

Lorie and Ronel Solivio were both Assistant Managers at McDonald’s restaurants in Regina, Saskatchewan. Little did they know that when they prepared for six McHappy Days, their journey would depend on a Ronald McDonald House. The couple met through McDonald’s in 2009, and were married in 2013. They welcomed their first son Owen on May…

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Parker O’Doherty

Parker O’Doherty was born on December 8, 2013, in Fort McMurray, AB, 108 days before his due date. His parents, Chris and Crystal, were offered little hope that their baby would survive. In a twist of fate, Crystal’s gestational diabetes increased Parker’s weight, which proved to be his saving grace. He was born at 2…

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Joel’s Story

Joel Grimard was born with half a heart, but his story has touched countless hearts across the globe. You may recognize Joel from WestJet’s Father’s Day Surprise video, where we shared the story of a family who has stayed the most cumulative nights at Ronald McDonald House® Northern Alberta. On Saturday, March 28, Angela called…

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The Watton Family

Grant and Rebecca Watton were told that their baby’s heart couldn’t be seen well enough at their 19 week ultrasound. A few weeks later, another ultrasound showed that the baby had a severe heart defect.

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