By Jill Lesser
Do you believe in magic? If you answered no, you’ve most likely never toured the Magic Room at Ronald McDonald House.
Children who stay at Ronald McDonald House (siblings too!) are invited to visit the Magic Room when he or she celebrates a birthday, completes treatment or maybe was EXTRA brave during a procedure. Whatever the case, it usually calls for a trip to the Magic Room.
When our House relocated in 2007 to be closer to the new children’s hospital, our CEO noticed a closet in the floor plan that required a redesign. Instead of filling the shelves with linens, the room was filled with magic. Though I can’t go into detail as to what else is inside the Magic Room (I don’t want to be the person who spilled the beans), I will say that every child leaves the Magic Room with a brand new donated toy and a smile.
Since its inception in 2007 in Calgary, other Ronald McDonald Houses, including our House in central Alberta, have adapted the Magic Room concept. Each Magic Room has its own style and unique flare, but every room has something in common; for a moment, all of the memories and negative feelings about the hospital, doctors, medicines and treatments are forgotten. And because of that, I will always believe in magic.