In July 2010, our two-year old son Mateo was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) after some routine testing for a Cystic Fibrosis research study we agreed to participate in. We had very little time to digest the information the panel of oncologists were giving us, and had to quickly decide in which hospital Mateo would be receiving his chemotherapy treatment. We elected to go to McMaster Children’s Hospital since it is close to our home and our family.
We were transferred to McMaster, where we were informed that Mateo would receive 25 months of chemotherapy treatment. During our time as an inpatient at McMaster, I became aware of the Ronald McDonald Family Room. The Family Room became a place where we could unite as a family and eat our dinners; a room I frequented each day to grab a coffee and bagel and take a moment to reflect and escape the fearful reality of our son’s cancer.
Between struggling to cope with the treatments, blood transfusions, lumbar punctures, the surgeries and all the other obstacles, this roller coaster ride of a disease can offer, Ronald McDonald House Charities South Central Ontario was able to provide our family with some normalcy. Our family has learned firsthand the importance of this organization and its kind and generous heart. We will be forever grateful.
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