The Hammond Family

Our son Griffin was 21 months old when he developed a red bump on his eye lid. Like any growing, tumbling boy, we didn’t think too much about it, but thought we should take him to the walk-in clinic to have it looked at. We were originally told the bump was a sty, but as it continued to grow, so did our concern, and after two weeks we ended up in the Paediatric Department at Greater Niagara General Hospital. Griffin was put through a variety of tests, including a CT scan, at which point the doctors decided to transfer us to McMaster Children’s Hospital.

On December 9th, 2011, Griffin was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive muscle cancer. The time that followed was a blur of tests, chemotherapy, nurses and doctors. We didn’t have time to worry and barely enough time to cry.  Our number one goal was to keep Griffin happy and comfortable. 

We were lucky enough to be one of the first families to stay at Ronald McDonald House Charities South Central Ontario (RMHCSCO) after the expansion. The House is a wonderful and magical place. After attempting to drive between Hamilton and Niagara Falls every day, and having lived in hotels; walking in to RMHCSCO for the first time was awe inspiring. A friendly face to welcome you, a hot meal, a warm and comfortable bed; the small things we take for granted every day. 

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