Video: See how Ronald McDonald House® Southwestern Ontario has helped the Mills family.
To Mark the Holiday, RMHC Canada Gives Thanks to McDonald's® Canada for
Their Support of Ronald McDonald Houses across the Country
TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - When a child becomes sick or injured,
family life as we know it stops. In an instant everything changes as
families focus on the only thing that matters - healing their sick
child. With 70 per cent of Canadians living outside of a city with a
children's hospital1, more and more families are required to travel to get the health care
their child needs, adding to the stress of an already difficult time.
From increased financial demands, job insecurity and balancing the
needs of other children and family members, the journey of healing a
sick child is often long, and uncertain. Thanks to Ronald McDonald
Houses the journey of healing a sick child is just a little bit easier.
As pioneers in what today is known as family centered care, each Ronald
McDonald House® provides a home away from home for families with sick
children being treated at a nearby hospital.
As Family Day approaches, a holiday that recognizes the importance of
spending precious moments with loved ones, RMHC Canada is giving thanks
to McDonald's Canada for supporting Ronald McDonald Houses and helping
give sick children what they need most…their families.®
"I couldn't have gotten through our stays in Children's Hospital in
London without the help of the Ronald McDonald House Southwestern
Ontario", said Hanneke Mills, who has stayed at Ronald McDonald House
Southwestern Ontario several times over the course of her daughter's
treatment. "The House gives parents a place to go where they don't
have to worry about anything but helping their children heal. It gives
parents security in knowing that they have a place to stay that is
steps from their sick child, and that there will be a hot meal, a warm
bed and an understanding ear if needed."
Since the first Canadian Ronald McDonald House opened in 1981, Canada's
now 14 Ronald McDonald Houses, 9 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and 2
Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles across the country have provided support
for 246,507 families2. As champions of a family together approach to healing, Ronald
McDonald Houses and their programs have become highly regarded and much
sought after by families, hospitals and communities.
"We now know that children heal faster when their families are with
them. As we celebrate Family Day, we are reminded and inspired of the
deeply important role that Ronald McDonald Houses play in the lives of
families of sick children," said Cathy Loblaw, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada. "The Houses offer a place for families to stay together and focus on
caring and healing their sick child, while also having the added
support of other families going through similar experiences. Since the
beginning, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited has been our
unwavering mission partner, deeply committed to supporting Ronald
McDonald Houses and their family together approach to healing."
As RMHC Canada's founding and largest donor, for over 30 years
McDonald's Canada and its Owner/Operators have helped Ronald McDonald
Houses support families of sick children across Canada. One of the
many ways McDonald's Canada provides support to RMHC Canada, is helping
make Happy Meals even happier, by donating 10 cents from every Happy
Meal® sold to Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. A remarkable
commitment that raised $4.6 Million in 2013, and $45 Million since the
program began 10 years ago.
Together, the Ronald McDonald Houses are serving approximately 40 per
cent of the families of Canada's most sick and injured children. By
the end of 2014, that support will grow from over 10,000 families
served annually, to over 20,000 families each year across the Ronald
McDonald House network of programs.
As a result of the wonderful advances being made in the medical
community, more children are healing than ever before. But that
healing is taking more treatments, over longer periods of time,
creating unprecedented and continuous demand for Ronald McDonald
Houses. As we continue to grow to meet the needs of families, we are
humbled by the more than $20 million required each year to operate the
Ronald McDonald Houses, Family Rooms and Care Mobiles in Canada. These
remarkable community Houses have become safe havens of healing and hope
across our country that would not exist without the support of many
donors, partners and individuals. Today, we are honoured to celebrate
all our donors, with a special thank you to McDonald's Canada as our
founding and forever mission partner for their commitment to giving the
gift of family.
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, or to make a donation, visit www.rmhc.ca.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) Canada
In 1982, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada was founded to be the
everlasting organization that would support Ronald McDonald Houses and
their programs in Canada. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away
from home for out of town families with sick children being treated at
a nearby hospital. Completing our circle of support for Canadian
families are 9 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which provide an oasis of
calm and support right inside the walls of the hospital, as well as the
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® program in Calgary, Alberta. In 2012, the
14 Ronald McDonald Houses, 9 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and 2 Ronald
McDonald Care Mobiles served 13,327 families. By the end of 2014 that
support will grow to serving over 20,000 families. As our largest
donor, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited and its Owner/Operators
donate 10 cents from every Happy Meal sold to Ronald McDonald Houses
1 Statistics Canada, 2011 (Calculation using municipalities)
2 As of December 31, 2012
Video with caption: "Video: See how Ronald McDonald House® Southwestern Ontario has helped the Mills family.
". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be4jwpjwIXk
Image with caption: "Three generations of smiles at Ronald McDonald House® Southwestern Ontario (Left to right: Therese Kouwenberg (Oma), Katie Mills (daughter) and Hanneke Mills (mother), a family who have stayed at the House multiple times during Katie's treatment) Photo taken by Melissa Doyle. (CNW Group/Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140213_C9889_PHOTO_EN_36683.jpg
Image with caption: "A snapshot of how Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada helps sick children and their families across Canada (CNW Group/Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140213_C9889_PHOTO_EN_36686.jpg
SOURCE: Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada
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