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The Lehman Family
Wyatt was very ill with many complications from his premature birth. There were many attempts to keep him alive as doctors struggled to find out why he kept destabilizing. The Lehman’s knew they had to stay by Wyatt’s side, but had no idea how they could make it work financially and emotionally with three young children back at home. The hospital was a very intimidating place for Wyatt’s siblings, but they came to love being at the Ronald McDonald House. It was a place of refuge – somewhere they could eat together, rest together, and lean on other families for support. The Lehman family spent 191 nights at the Ronald McDonald House, including the holidays.
“The feeling of love and support is palpable. It’s a genuine community, with so much support for the whole family.” – Cherish L.
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The Martel Family
Ben was born kicking and screaming. Those initial moments of ‘wow, we did it’ filled the room. But then, everyone went silent. Ben was no longer crying and all we could hear was low whispering in the otherwise quiet room. The doctor indicated that they would be taking Ben to the NICU. Nicole had always marveled at families who could cope with this kind of situation, and now she found herself in their shoes.
“At the House, there was always a shoulder to cry on. It was never a pity party, but a listening ear. A warm hug when you needed it, and even when you didn’t. When the weight of the world was crashing down on us, Ronald McDonald House picked us back up. It offered us a sense of normalcy during a time in our life that was not normal for us” – Nicole M.
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The Kaid Family
Leila had been eating less and sleeping more. Things that normally wouldn’t draw a reaction were making their daughter fuss. Sensing that something was wrong, they took her to the doctor. Just a few hours later, what had begun like any other day was turned upside down by a phone call from the doctor. Leila had Leukemia. The family needed to travel to both Edmonton and Calgary for treatments for Leila – staying in RMHC Houses in both cities.
“It’s been more than we could ever imagine. This place is kind of like a utopia. Leila just loves the whole House. First and foremost, she loves the staff. She’s always playing with them and visiting them. You come to a place like this and you realize that there are so many people out there doing so many amazing, generous things for people. It makes you want to be a part of it.” – Timo K.
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Baby Khai with Mom and Grandma
When a child is sick, sometimes the best medicine of all is having family nearby. Little Khai underwent a multi-organ transplant, and spent a combined 329 nights at the House, all with Mom Julia and Grandmother Kathy by his side. At Ronald McDonald House Charities® Alberta we give families the gift of togetherness during one of life’s most difficult times.
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