The Free Family

In November 2015 we learned that we were having a third child, giving our two girls a little brother. During my routine 20 week anatomy scan, it was discovered that our little boy had developed a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. A rare condition, where the diaphragm doesn’t fully develop, resulting in organs migrating to the chest cavity, and inhibiting the proper growth of the lungs and heart. 

Landon was born at McMaster Children's Hospital in July of 2016. He was immediately placed into the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on life support. Our newborn baby boy went through 80 days of treatment, and we began our roller coaster of successes and setbacks.

Despite the heartache and stress, our family persisted through the generous and caring support of Ronald McDonald House Charities South Central Ontario (RMHCSCO). The House had such an impact on our family that our oldest daughter Jaelyn was elated to learn she would be spending her birthday at RMHCSCO while Landon was readmitted and treated for a gastrointestinal bug. Because of RMHCSCO our family was able to live a “normal”, everyday life while Landon continued fighting. 

We are truly thankful for all that RMHCSCO has done to support us on our journey and will be forever grateful to them for keeping our family close. Please consider making a donation today.


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