(From right) Brigitte, Geoff, Olivia, and Isabella Ady are supporting Ronald McDonald House’s Step Up for Families campaign, a very meaningful fundraiser for the Ady family. (Submitted photo)

Trail family rallies for Ronald McDonald House

“We always described it as our oasis in the middle of the desert.”

Cancer doesn’t stop due to the coronavirus pandemic, and neither do the people that fight it.

Ronald McDonald House-BC (RMHBC) has been a welcome haven for families whose children are going through cancer treatment, and although it had to change its protocol during the pandemic, the importance of RMHBC is felt even more acutely because of it.

Which is why a Warfield family is signed up and encouraging residents to support the ‘Step Up for Families’ campaign.

In 2018, Geoff and Brigitte Ady’s daughter, Olivia, was diagnosed with bone cancer, and if it wasn’t for the sanctuary given to her family by RMHBC the Adys, and other Kootenay families like them, could not have spent that critical time close to their children.

“We ended up spending close to 10 months in Vancouver and with no place to live, the Ronald McDonald House became our home away from home,” said Brigitte. “Without this incredible resource, I’m not sure what my family would have done.”

The ‘Step Up for Families’ campaign encourages families or a group to organize a walk, run, or roll (ie: bicycle, rollerblade) for a total of 73 kilometers in June while raising funds to support families who stay at the RMHBC’s 73-bedroom house.

“With the Covid-19 crisis the house is not able to do a lot of it’s regular fundraising,” said Brigitte.

“And so they are really having to think outside the box to be able to meet those targets and be able to accommodate the families that they have in the past.”

RMHBC has housed numerous families from the Kootenays and more than 200 communities across B.C.

Brigitte says the support that Ronald McDonald House offers goes beyond just putting a roof over their heads.

“BC Children’s Hospital really helped us, but in our heart of hearts is the Ronald McDonald House. They were incredible in so many ways to all the members of our family.

“We always described it as our oasis in the middle of the desert,” Brigitte shared. “We felt so safe and so comforted there, it’s the house itself that’s incredible.”

The house offered both physical activities and mental and emotional support for the children and families, including massages courtesy of the Vancouver School of Massage, and meditation gatherings.

“More so than anything, you are grouped with people who are in the same situation that you are, and that moral support where they actually really, really get what you’re going through is invaluable.”

The Step Up For Families campaign will bring communities together for a virtual event that can take place from the comfort of home and at a safe social distance.

Families can register their team online by clicking the events tab on the Ronald McDonald House British Columbia and Yukon website, at rmhbc.ca.( rmhbc.ca/step-up-for-families/ )

You can choose a fundraising goal and then “step up” in June.

There’s also the option to make it fun by sharing videos of your family’s fundraising activity on social media.

BC HealthCancerfundraiser

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

COVID-19: Should non-medical masks be mandatory in Canada?

New poll shows Canadians are divided on the rules around mandatory masks

Rosslanders celebrate Canada Day in style

Locals organized a museum scavenger hunt, a Mt. Roberts flag-raising ceremony and evening fireworks

Hwy 1 flooding causes massive delays on certain Arrow Lakes ferry routes

Motorists have been waiting around three hours to get on ferries

Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre expands operations online

The facility also opened back up to the public earlier in June

Rossland’s Sourdough Alley a ‘muddy collection of shacks’

Rossland’s earliest thoroughfare was once derided as a ‘muddy collection of shacks’

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Most Read