Helping children every step of the way – supporting the community

 

June 28, 2011 · Todays Family ·

Helping children every step of the way – supporting the community

On Sunday, June 12, 2011 staff and families from Today’s Family Saltfleet participated in the 2nd Annual Footsteps for Families Walk at ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s F.H Sherman Recreation Park. All monies raised from this event support the Ronald McDonald House expansion from 15 to 40 bedrooms.

Ronald McDonald House is located across McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton. It is a home that provides a larger home away from home for families who need to stay close, stay hopeful, and stay strong during difficult times. Their motto: “Helping give sick children what they need most…their families.”

The Today’s Family walking team has dedicated their lives to the quality care and well being of children each and every day. We all have a passion for children; what better way to show our devotion then to walk for the children. What struck the team most was that the majority of the walkers were all under the age of 12. The children owned the walk ways, cheering each walker on with whistles and pom poms. The children were excited to walk and showed such pride for their families and everyone else participating.

Tanja Webb, Today’s Family team captain said: “Our team consisted of 3 children under the ages of 4. My children had a lot of questions about some of the children…the children in wheelchairs, hooked up to breathing apparatuses….I explained to them the best I could and seeing these children… made my own children want to walk that much more. When they crossed the finished line after 3 kms of walking they were so proud to get a ribbon and showing it off to everyone! They took so much pride in telling everyone that they walked to help sick children and their families. It is overwhelming to describe in words the impact it had on all of us to see the support and encouragement of all the children for each other. The children were inspirational and displayed such empathy and compassion it truly was an unforgettable experience. Everyone who participated in this walk had a common thread -their love for children.”

Thank you to everyone for “walking the walk,” – helping children every step of the way.

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