Michaud Family Story
Colten was airlifted to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario on February 1st 2015, where he was quickly diagnosed with Pre B Cell, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at the age of 2 and a half years old. Coming from a small Northern town, where medical care is limited, this family spent many months of Colten’s first year of treatment “living” at the Ronald McDonald house Ottawa, and still must travel the 848+km (9.5hrs) regularly for Colten to receive the lifesaving treatments and procedures that are required in order to cure him of his cancer. Colten is now 4yrs old and will continue receiving treatment in Ottawa until 2018, followed by regular medical checkups for many years afterwards.
“When your worst nightmare becomes your new reality, and your child gets diagnosed with cancer, your world gets torn to pieces. When you are miles from home, and all alone, having the Ronald McDonald house is a godsend. Not only is it a true Home away from home, but it is also a place where you can build friendships for life, find emotional support and guidance, and a little bit of solitude in the crazy world of having a sick child.”