Like any challenge in life, we cannot do it alone.
Our story begins in May, 2008. After three weeks of dealing with our very sick little boy, Sterling, a cat scan revealed an extremely large mass in his brain. My husband and I were devastated to find out it was a grade-three brain tumour. Our family's life as we knew it was changed forever.
As a mother of four, I struggle to find the words to describe how difficult this journey has been. How difficult it is to watch Sterling endure so much. How difficult it is to be separated from my other three children while attending to Sterling's needs. How difficult it is for my husband to juggle our home and business. And ultimately, how difficult it is to come to terms with having a seriously ill child. Drawing close to each other during these difficult times, Sterling's incredible spirit continues to remind us of the gifts we have and what is really important. Like any challenge in life, it's not something we can do alone. It was RMH Toronto that took a huge burden off our already stretched resources.
The daily programs helped to fill our days in a strange city, provided a meeting place for us to get to know other families and helped distract us from the other not so great parts of Sterling's days. The therapy dog "Bogey" was a huge motivation for Sterling to get through treatments at the hospital.
Sterling doesn't understand how fragile his health is, but he does know "love, acceptance, fun and comfort" are everything he came to know Ronald McDonald House Toronto for.
To all the volunteers and generous donors of RMH Toronto, thank you for helping us fight for Sterling.