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 Karen needed to stay in Edmonton for the remainder of her pregnancy instead of returning to Slave Lake.

Karen and her husband Rene checked into a local hotel and wondered how their finances would stretch through the remainder of Karen’s pregnancy. Hospital staff asked Karen and Rene if they had looked into Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta (RMHCNA). At that suggestion, the family walked through the doors of their new home.

Rene commuted back and forth to Slave Lake, leaving Karen in the warmth and comfort of RMHCNA. Karen settled in and loved the beauty of the House, particularly the sunroom. About three weeks later, Karen was one of the first women with a T6 break to give birth when Charlotte was born on May 24, 1995.

Karen and her daughters, Charlotte and Sarah, recently visited the House over 20 years after their stay. The Commands shared that their journey would have been financially devastating, without RMHCNA. Karen was joined by House Manager Elaine Larsen and reminisced about what the House used to look like. The ladies shared several memories and moments with some of current House families.

The family now resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta. The girls are recording artists who have shared their time and talents with our families. They were moved and inspired to see the progress and programming at the House and look forward to becoming more involved.

“My disability may have shaped my compassion somewhat, but you can’t come to this House and not be moved to want to do more,” says Karen.
Karen Charlotte and Sarah Command WEBweb

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