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Our family went through a house fire and our son’s leukemia diagnosis in the same year. It was a blessing to stay at RMHCNA during his treatment. Our son’s illness felt like a nightmare, but when we woke up there were

hundreds of people ready to support us.

Cartwright Family

Ronald McDonald House
Northern Alberta, Canada

“Our family went through a house fire and our son’s leukemia diagnosis in the same year. It was a blessing to stay at RMHCNA during his treatment. Our son’s illness felt like a nightmare, but when we woke up there were hundreds of people ready to support us.”

After a fire claimed their home in Westlock, Alberta, the Cartwright family started building a new life in DeBolt, 3½ hours away. But life threw the family another challenge, one that quickly changed their lives. While parents Scott and Robyn were busy getting the family settled, their son Jordan began feeling sick. After many doctor visits and tests, Jordan was diagnosed with leukemia.

Jordan was immediately admitted to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. The care Jordan received at the Stollery was incredible, and the Cartwrights found even more support which assisted in covering food, hotel, parking and provided support groups for the entire family. Even with all the support the Cartwrights received, the cost of relocating to yet another city – almost 4 hours away from DeBolt – was adding up. They were relieved when the opportunity came available to move into Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta. Programming at RMHCNA was a major asset for the Cartwrights. There were meals almost every day provided by donors and volunteers through the Meals that Mend Program. When Robyn and Jordan were at the House together they didn’t have a vehicle, but the RMHCNA Shuttle Program got them out of the hospital so that Jordan could focus on fun, and Robyn could see her son playing like he used to.

"When we first walked into RMHCNA, it was overwhelmingly beautiful,” Scott said. “We sat down with other families staying at the House and it felt like home. The level of love is incredible."

The mission of RMHC is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

Did you know

  • Thirty-One has donated over 500,000 Welcome Bags to families at houses in the U.S. & Canada
  • We have provided 12,500 family nights at Ronald McDonald Houses to families in U.S. & Canada
  • 46% of chapters rely on Thirty-One Consultant volunteers
  • Consultants deliver hundreds of care bags and zipper pouches to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms
  • Welcome bags are making a difference:

“Families love having the bags to carry things to the hospital. They also recognize each other because of the bags. When they see someone out in their community with a welcome bag, it is a conversation starter.”

“Having an element in their life that helps organize and focus their day is key. When their world is spinning out of control, having just one organized, reliable piece of your life can be calming and comforting.”

“We witness a remarkable transformation in our families as we hand them a welcome bag and explain that Thirty-One Gifts has donated them to welcome them to the house.”

“The bags are a surprise and provide a warm, supportive welcome to families who are in dire need of support.”