Sometimes things happen in life, things we can’t foresee and things that we cannot stop from happening. As a parent, our worst nightmare is having something happen to one of our children, our babies. Something that we cannot prevent or cannot stop but only hope for the best. That something – when our children are sick.

Our son was born 13 weeks premature. Although we were lucky enough to have him in a local hospital, we almost didn’t. The initial hospital we had visited when I went into premature labour was not equipped for me or my premature son. They did not know what to do when they were told the hospital that was equipped, had no room. They offered us to be transferred to Toronto but luckily after hours of waiting, space opened up and we had him here at home in our local general hospital, the Children’s Hospital right next door to it. Our son was destined to stay in the hospital for at least three months after birth with many health complications along the road as a young baby.We were lucky that we were able to have the support we needed right here at home.

The ordeal itself was indescribable but
had it happened where we would have had to travel, I am happy to know
there are support systems available like Ronald McDonald House that
would have helped us.

Many families have to go out of town into a city unknown to get the medical care they need for their little ones and often other family members (the ones they rely on for support) cannot be there with them. Ronald McDonald house and Ronald McDonald Family rooms across the country give families of sick kids a home away from home or a calm peaceful place within a hospital.

May 2nd is McHappy Day! Since 2004 McDonald’s has raised over $36 Million for Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada (RMHC) by donating 10 cents from the sale of every Happy Meal.

Celebrate McDonald’s 19th McHappy Day on May 2nd, $1 from every Big Mac® sandwich, Happy Meal® and hot McCafé® beverage (including coffee & tea) will be donated toward local children’s charities such as Ronald McDonald House.

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Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of ShesConnected as part of the McHappy Day Blogger program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of AME.