Carson was born with a bilateral cleft lip & palate, which has meant calling Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario our home several times when we need to travel from Windsor to Children’s Hospital in London, ON.
Calling RMH London “home-away-from-home” 19 times since Carson was a baby speaks to just how important this place is to our family. But it goes past the bricks and mortar – it’s the reminder for kids to be kids, the comfort of knowing your child knows your close to their hospital room, and being able be together as a family before they go in for a surgery. Carson would get to play in the toy room or the playground outside, we could sit and read books while we waited for volunteers to finish making delicious meals, or spend time in the privacy of our room when we needed our own space.
Something that stays with me is knowing we remain part of the RMH family, even after returning home. I still send updates to the staff on Carson’s progress and they still think of us, too– Carson was even invited to be a part of a “Great Cookie Bake Off” when McDonald’s launched the RMHC Cookie. Baking with players from the London Knights in the RMH kitchen is something he will never forget, and an opportunity he wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for our family at RMH!
By donating, volunteering, or even reading our family's story you are raising awareness for this place that is near to our hearts, THANK YOU. Without RMH, we would have had a lot more financial and emotional stress weighing on our family. The House, and all of those who fill it with love, have become a special piece in Carson’s cleft journey - helping him grow into the hockey-playing, dirt bike riding, eight-year-old boy he is today!
Our three programs, RMH London, RMH Windsor and the RM Family Room London were able to provide supportive services to 4,605 families with sick kids.
RMHC-SWO provided 15,834 nights of comfort to families keeping them close to their child’s specialized medical care.
Each night a family stays close at RMH it is estimated they save $244 on accommodations, meals and other home comforts.
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