Gift a Moment: Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon

Gift A Moment Series: Part four

February 7, 2018 - 5:23pm

NANAIMO — Maisie was four-years-old when what appeared to be a regular cold turned into sudden onset paralysis of her upper body.

As her mother Amy shared, it was that sudden change which started their experience with Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon:

Maisie was airlifted to Children’s Hospital immediately and her medical team raced to find the root cause.

The social worker found us a room at RMH. Maisie remained in hospital for six weeks so the House became our life raft.

Gift A Moment Series: Part three

January 31, 2018 - 12:20pm

Nanaimo's Emily Stead found out she was pregnant with her "miracle baby" Oliver in June 2015.

As Emily wrote, thus began the struggle for her baby and a road to truly understanding the value of Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon:

We went to Children's Hospital on Sept. 17, 2015 for an ultrasound to look at the development of the baby's organs as I am a type 1 diabetic and it can affect the development of the baby.

Gift A Moment Series: Part two

January 24, 2018 - 11:08am

NANAIMO — Sandy Barlow and her family learned firsthand the important role Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon plays after their son Kai required more than one stay at Children's Hospital.

Sandy shared this about her experience:

Kai was born with a heart defect (a very deformed mitral valve) that was not detected until he was six-months-old.

He needed open heart surgery and quite quickly.

Gift A Moment Series: Part one

January 15, 2018 - 4:50pm

NANAIMO — Stephen Mohan and his family first stayed at Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon when their son Jasper was diagnosed with cancer as a baby.

Twelve years later, Jasper’s cancer came back in another form of the disease. They spent about 18 months at the RMH, including a continuous stretch of 8 months.

Mohan shared this excerpt from a book he wrote on his experience:

By: Local families

For over 30 years, Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon has been providing accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they must travel to Vancouver for their child’s major treatment.

Their new campaign hopes to encourage people to Gift A Moment to a family in need. As part of our support of the program, we'll be sharing a series of four stories from local families whose lives have been impacted by RMH BC.