Emma’s Home Away From Home

Meet Emma – A Cancer Survivor and RMH BC kid

“On October 1st, 2012, I was working abroad when my wife, Diane contacted me with devastating news. Our daughter, Emma had been diagnosed with brain cancer and flown to BC Children’s Hospital the same day. I booked flights and joined Diane and our son, Charlie at a hotel in Vancouver.

Emma proceeded to have two neurosurgeries and we were sent home to Vancouver Island to allow Emma to recuperate prior to starting a six week treatment of radiation therapy. Knowing that a hotel was not the best option for us during Emma’s treatment, we decided to try out the facilities at Ronald McDonald House BC. We made this decision with some trepidation as we were totally unaware of what to expect.

Our fears were soon put to rest. Emma settled into the House life very easily. She made friends with the other children in the House, and also enjoyed her chats with the House staff and many volunteers. She loved being able to go to the quiet room for a chat or tinker on the piano, or to go to the media room to watch films with other children and parents. Emma also enjoyed showing new children, and some parents, around the House to make them feel at home.

As for us parents, we appreciate that we have a place away from home that we can stay for short or long periods and feel very welcomed. The staff and volunteers are all fantastic. They are very busy with running the current House and preparing for the new House, but will sit down and take time to discuss whatever is on our minds. We especially like the fact that living at the House has greatly reduced our costs, an important factor to consider when, in concentrating on our sick child, we have had to stop working.

In essence, Emma regards Ronald McDonald House BC as her home away from home, and we are grateful that we could stay together as a family during her treatment.”

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Ronald McDonald House British Columbia

More Than Just a Place for Families to Stay…It’s a Place for Families to Heal Better Together

Ronald McDonald House® British Columbia provides accommodation and support for out-of-town families who must stay in Vancouver for weeks, months, or even years while their child receives medical treatment at BC Children’s Hospital.

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