Our Stories

Lillian and Elizabeth Boyd
May 17, 2017
Grandma's girls
Brenda Lariviere believes that Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto provides “the biggest support you can get” for a family with a seriously ill child. She knows this all...
Tara and Jacob Gelinas
May 11, 2017
Together on Mother's Day
Jacob Gelinas gets nervous around doctors and sometimes cries when he needs a blood test. That’s not surprising. The normally happy little boy from Capreol, Ontario has had more medical...
Shane Evelyn and Aleasha Shorts with twins Koa and Nora
April 19, 2017
Double the love
When Aleasha Shorts and Shane Evelyn left their house on Nov. 3, 2016, they never could’ve anticipated that it would be six long months before they would return. Despite having only...
Patrick smiling, with his mother looking on behind him
April 19, 2017
It's not a sprint - it's a marathon
“It’s not a sprint – it’s a marathon.” That’s how Grace Caguioa Valentin describes the journey of having a seriously ill child. It’s a journey she...
Meryl Acker and Nonie Wicken
April 19, 2017
More than a mentor
Until two months ago, Nonie Wicken and Meryl Acker were two strangers, loosely connected by their shared passion for helping families at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto. Today...
Abby and Cassandra Leveille
April 10, 2017
The perfect match
Cassandra and Abby Leveille have a special connection. Just 19 months apart, the sisters have always been close. Whether playing games or trying on makeup together, they’re always there to...
Panoramic view of RECESS event
April 03, 2017
RECESS: A blast for families and a boost for fundraising
See photos from RECESSSee video from RECESS A lot of children woke up this morning asking their parents if they could go to 'that fun party' again. That’s how much of a hit yesterday...
Maiko Taku
March 15, 2017
My Canadian happy place
Six years ago, I immigrated to Canada to work as a live-in caregiver. I grew up in Japan, and I don’t have any family or friends in Canada. Since I was a caregiver, I didn’t even have...
Nicole Cadger, Alexie, Tara and Jacob Gelinas
March 15, 2017
Time to celebrate
There’s gonna be a big birthday party in Capreol, Ont. – hopefully next week. That’s when the Gelinas family expects they’ll get the go-ahead from doctors to go home...
Sketch of a sad face crying
March 15, 2017
It's okay to be sad
“If my brother dies, am I still a sister?”This is the type of sensitive question sometimes asked by students at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto School. Given the...
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