Family Stories

Hube Family

Imagine having two children each born with a life threatening medical condition. That’s exactly what happened to the Hube family, and as a result, they have called Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta their home away from home twice. Tonja and Nehemiah Hube are parents to Ruth, Mark, Esther, Mary and Jeremiah. At Tonja’s 19 week…

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The Harangozo Family

By Emily, mother to Catherine Catherine Ruth-Ann was born on November 14, 2013, at Northwest Health Centre in High Level, Alberta. Right after Catherine was born, I was crying tears of joy and she took her first breaths. After Catherine was assessed, I didn’t even have anyway of processing the doctor’s words: “I believe your…

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The Gorgichuk Family

The Gorgichuk family arrived at Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta in early July, 2013. Parents Terry and Carmen, along with older brothers Kian and Noah, came to support 12-year-old Conor as he underwent kidney transplant surgery. On July 17, Conor received a healthy new kidney to replace his two unhealthy kidneys. His father Terry…

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Elise’s Story

Elise Kwan is an up-beat girl from Crowsnest Pass and she is the first person to have both sides of her heart kept alive by separate machines. At six months old, Elise began showing signs of fatigue and loss of appetite. Her doctor was very concerned with Elise’s condition and consulted with specialists in Calgary.…

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The Durda Family

Matthew Durda was born on October 15, 1983, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, to parents Greg and Val, along with his sister Megan. Happy and healthy, he thrived under the love and attention of his big sister. His father laughingly remembers that as parents, they were very relieved that Matthew had not inherited any of his…

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The Congo Family

As you watch Sara Congo play with her big sister Hailey, you would never know that she fought for her life. Joel and Karey Congo were living in Salmon Arm, BC, while they were expecting their second daughter. At their 19 week ultrasound, the radiologist couldn’t see the heart well enough. A second ultrasound showed…

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The Brown Family

Brian and Lisa Brown were expecting a baby boy. Three weeks before Lisa was due, they received devastating news: their son was going to be born with Ebstein’s anomaly, which is a rare heart defect. Hunter was born on November 14, 2013, and was placed into an incubator in the NICU. All Brian and Lisa…

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