“Being at the House kept my family together"

April 01, 2021
RMHC Toronto kept the Perreira Jardine family close to baby Wolfe in the hospital.
Five people laying down together with baby in the middle
When the fifth member of the Perreira Jardine family joined them unexpectedly on August 19, 2020 at only 27 weeks, baby Wolfe was immediately transferred from the family’s local hospital in Oshawa, Ont. to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

Being rushed to a hospital in Toronto was a stressful and scary experience for the family. They were incredibly relieved when they found out they could stay at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto, located just a short walk away from the hospital.

“I was surprised to see that the House was a warm and welcoming place. It immediately felt like home,” says Rachael, mother of Wolfe.

RMHC Toronto made an incredible impact on Wolfe’s older siblings, Ocean and Stella-Sophia. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, they were not able to go into the hospital. The House was safe place for Ocean and Stella-Sophia to stay together and be comforted by their parents during a stressful time filled with change.

“Being at the House kept my family together, which made those difficult days in the hospital a little bit easier. I couldn’t imagine being away from Ocean and Stella-Sophia to be with Wolfe.”

After spending three months at RMHC Toronto, Wolfe grew healthy and strong enough to return home. The family is happy to be home as a family of five, and Ocean and Stella-Sophia are always holding and cuddling their baby brother.

“I can’t imagine our lives without the incredible support we received. I’ll be forever grateful for RMHC Toronto.”