Meet Sammi-Jo James of Point Leamington, NL
It is hard to put into words the stress that a parent experiences when their child has become sick or seriously injured. And for families who don’t live close to the care and resources they need, there is an added stress, distance. RMHC gives families with a sick child what they need most – each other.
13-year-old Sammi-Jo James of Point Leamington was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis just before her third birthday, but this was only the beginning of a long road of medical treatments and doctor’s appointments. Sammi-Jo has continued to have special medications and chest physiotherapy each and every day.
Every day there is a family travelling to St. John’s with a sick child. Living expenses can quickly add up. Families become stressed from long drives, lost jobs, worried siblings, extra expenses and being far away from family and friends. These are extra burdens that no family should have to experience. Since opening in 2012, RMHC NL has welcomed more than 1400 families, including Sammi-Jo and her mom, Kelly, who have stayed at RMHC NL on 22 occasions totaling 196 nights.
”We are so grateful to Ronald McDonald House and everyone that supports RMHC for keeping families like ours together we need it the most.” – Kelly Earle, Sammi-Jo’s mom
RMHC NL keeps families with a sick child close to each other and the medical care and resources they need, when they need it the most. While every Ronald McDonald House shares the same mission of keeping families close, each house is independently operated by a charitable organization and relies on support from donors and annual fundraising activities each year.
To help keep families like Sammi-Jo and her mom Kelly, close visit www.RMHCNL.ca and donate today.