Ty’s thank you message

Posted on March 24, 2014

Ty

By Ty Holmes, Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta family

Hi, my name is Ty. I am nine years old and in grade 4. When I was three years old, my sister Zoey got very sick and my Mom and Dad took her to the Children’s Hospital in Calgary.  After my sister was diagnosed with cancer, my family got a room at Ronald McDonald House so we could stay with her.  The first time I went to the house it was strange because it was huge and there were lots of strangers.  At first I was very worried and scared but the volunteers, families and staff made me feel safe.  I even felt like there were no monsters there, except for Sully.

I thought the house was great because there was a fridge for every family.  The volunteers and staff made living at the house fun for the ten months me and Zoey lived there. We got to make crafts, play board games, and they played Wii with me.  I really like going to the Calgary Flames and Calgary Stampeder games with my Dada and Grandpa.  They were lots of fun.  I also really liked going to feed the ducks bread at the duck pond with Zoey.

Thank you to the volunteers who gave presents for the magic room that I got to go in twice and the volunteers who made the toques with the two big googly eyes. The house was a great experience for me, Zoey and for my Mom and Dad.

I would like to thank the volunteers for helping my sister, being kind to her and trying to keep her safe and trying to make her life fun and good while it lasted.

Ty prepares to release a Barney balloon (Zoey's favourite) in memory of his sister. This photo was taken in 2011 when the central Alberta House was under construction.
Ty prepares to release a Barney balloon (Zoey’s favourite) in memory of his sister. This photo was taken in 2011 during the construction of the Red Deer House.

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