When Julien was born, at 36 weeks, his lungs didn’t work properly – he was early, and they were not yet fully developed. The pediatrician on call at the hospital hoped that within 24 hours, his body would compensate and things would progress. However, that didn’t happen. His condition actually worsened and he was transferred to CHEO. On the way there, his lung collapsed. They were able to insert a chest tube and that helped but he was intubated to increase his oxygen levels. Over the course of the next 10 days we spent many hours in hospital with him. Travelling back and forth from home or work – it was a very stressful time. For me, dealing with the hormones and emotions of being a new mom and also being seperated from my little one; for my husband – dealing with the emotions of being a new dad. Living in Ottawa, we are fortunate that we were able to go back and forth from our house to hospital (20 -25 minutes each way) – but there are many that are not. They live hours away, and money on hotels is often not possible. This is where Ronald McDonald House Charities come into play.
May 2nd is the 19th annual McHappy Day – please head over to your local McDonalds and buy a Happy Meal, Big Mac or hot McCaffe beverage to support this wonderful charity – McDonalds will donate $1.00 from each sale of these items.
McDonald’s® Canada community involvement efforts are yearlong. Since 2004, the company has raised more than $36 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) Canada by donating 10 cents from the sale of every Happy Meal. McDonald’s Canada covers all of RMHC’s administrative and operating costs, making it possible for 100 per cent of every directly donated dollar to go to Ronald McDonald Houses and their programs.
RMHC Canada is the national organization that supports Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms across the country, which provides families of sick children a home-away-from-home or a place of peace and calm within a hospital.
Ronald McDonald Houses help give sick children what they need most – their families.
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