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The Westin Bayshore has teamed up with Ronald McDonald House to spread tidings of love and joy to families in need this Christmas. Please take a moment to get acquainted with the families and read their stories below.

You will find gift ideas listed under each family and are welcome to purchase a gift and drop it off at the hotel front desk. We will be accepting gifts from November 21 to December 15, and will then be delivering them to Ronald McDonald House.

This is a wonderful opportunity to give back this Christmas and make it a magical holiday for the Negrieff, Olson, Orr, Paul and Stephens families.

For the privacy of the families’ e-mail addresses, please address e-gift cards to our Digital Communications Specialist, Whitney Tran, at whitney.tran@westin.com. The e-gift cards will be transferred to the families.

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Castlegar, BC

When 4-year-old Gabe Negrieff was diagnosed with cancer, what started out as a normal day for the family ended with an unexpected flight to Vancouver that night. In Vancouver, parents Brooke and Mike learned that they would need to stay for several months of treatment and they didn’t know where to stay or what to expect.

At RMH BC, they were welcomed by volunteers and activities that helped Gabe feel at home, with other kids also going through treatment. He loved joining art therapy and music therapy, and visits with guide dogs in training helped lift his spirits when he missed his pets back home.

For Gabe’s older brothers Graysen and Coleman, the House was a place where they could stay by their brother’s side while also have a safe, kid-friendly space to run and play. And for Brooke and Mike, staying at the House helped to lift both financial and emotional burdens so they could focus on helping Gabe to heal.

Most importantly, staying at RMH BC meant that the whole family could stay together, since the best cure for homesickness was quality time spent together.

Fort St. John, BC

After a regular checkup, expectant mom Kassandra Olson learned that her pregnancy was high-risk and that her local hospital in Fort St. John didn’t have the level of care she needed. She had to stay in Vancouver from 27 weeks onward, and always within reach of the hospital. She didn’t know where she would stay, and that’s when she found a home away from home at RMH BC.

At the House, she found a comfortable place to rest and she thrived in the welcoming, family-friendly environment and diverse community. “It’s so homey and friendly here, from muffins in the morning, to seeing the little ones playing on the slide,” she says. “It’s exactly the support and familiar faces that you
need when you’re away from home.”

Staying at the House also meant that she was never apart from family – when her husband Adam needed to go work, her mom Judy could come stay with her and help her through the days of anxiety.

Happily, the Olson family welcomed their son Walter at 33 weeks and look forward to their new life as parents back home.

Victoria, BC

“I didn’t expect it to be so comfortable,” says mom Amanda Orr about Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon. “I didn’t expect it to be a home.” Amanda and her young family from Victoria, BC, already had lots of experience with travelling back and forth to BC Children’s Hospital. Their youngest son, Kade, needs to see specialists regularly at the metabolic clinic, and they had gotten used to staying at AirBnBs. But, when their 4-year-old son Mack was diagnosed with Fanconi anemia and they learned he would need a bone marrow transplant in Vancouver, they needed to find another option, fast.

To their relief, they found a home away from home at RMH BC, with comfortable accommodations that helped ease the burden for Amanda and dad Riley, and also wellness programs that supported Mack and Kade during their stay. Both boys love taking part in Music Therapy together, trying out different instruments and having a safe space to play and make noise.

“I couldn’t imagine not having the House, and all the challenges that we would have if it wasn’t here,” says Amanda.

Alkali Lake, BC

Most parents never expect that one of their children will need a Ronald McDonald House – but for the Pauls, RMH BC is a familiar place. The House has been a community of support for this family twice, first when their son Nicholas stayed in the original House in 2011, sadly losing his battle to leukemia, and now for their youngest son, Tyson, for a kidney transplant.

Most recently, the Pauls found themeslves in Vancouver once again. Until a match could be found for Tyson, he needed dialysis treatments several times a week. When treatment treatment at home failed, he was rushed back to BC Children’s Hospital for what would turn into a full year at RMH BC.

“It was a lot of work and a lost of stress,” remembers mom, Zena, and during their long journey they were grateful to stay at Ronald McDonald House. Tyson enjoyed the chance to spend time with the other teens and for Zena, paint nights and the gym provided time for self-care. With new changes in 2020, there was another adjustment period but, “even though it was a bad few months, we were still provided with everything we needed,” she says. “People don’t know how much (RMH BC) means it unless they’re actually here.”

Warfield, BC

When baby Thatcher was diagnosed with cancer, he was flown to Vancouver the next day and one of the biggest worries for parents Mark and Keri was: when their family could be together again. “Before this, the longest I had been away from my family was a week, and for Keri a day,” remembers Mark. That’s when they found out about RMH BC, a place where the whole family could stay together during Thatcher’s treatment.

Thatcher’s older sisters Genevieve and Clementine quickly befriended staff in the House and both agree that the best part of RMH BC is the slide.

Mark and Keri remember that Thatcher thrived when his sisters were nearby, and on the occasions when Mark and the girls had to return home, the House was the best place for Keri to be. She didn’t have to worry about anything, from navigating the city to picking up baby food, and she and Thatcher always had a community of support. And, in the midst of the most stressful time of their lives, the family has been able to find small pockets of normal – such as birthday celebrations and baking!

The Negrieff Family Suggested Gifts

For Parents
#1.01
Gas gift cards
For Parents
Gas gift cards
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Parents
#1.02
Spa or hair services
For Parents
Spa or hair services
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Parents
#1.03
Comfy slippers
For Parents
Comfy slippers
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#1.04
Board games
For Kids
Board games
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Kids
#1.05
Sports Equipment
For Kids
Sports Equipment
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#1.06
Current toys (Paw Patrol, etc,)
For Kids
Current toys (Paw Patrol, etc,)
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Teens
#1.07
Books (age 13-19)
For Teens
Books (age 13-19)
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Teens
#1.08
Arts & crafts
For Teens
Arts & crafts
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Teens
#1.09
New 2022 video games
For Teens
New 2022 video games
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Whole Family
#1.10
$100 grocery gift card
For Whole Family
$100 grocery gift card
Gift Purchased —
Thank You

The Olson Family Suggested Gifts

For Parents
#2.01
Pajamas and slippers
For Parents
Pajamas and slippers
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Parents
#2.02
Spa or hair services
For Parents
Spa or hair services
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Parents
#2.03
Meal delivery gift cards
For Parents
Meal delivery gift cards
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#2.04
Board games
For Kids
Board games
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#2.05
Arts and crafts
For Kids
Arts and crafts
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Kids
#2.06
Current toys (Paw Patrol, Disney)
For Kids
Current toys (Paw Patrol, Disney)
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Babies
#2.07
Diapers
For Babies
Diapers
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Babies
#2.08
Receiving blankets
For Babies
Receiving blankets
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Babies
#2.09
Breast pump
For Babies
Breast pump
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Whole Family
#2.10
$100 grocery gift card
For Whole Family
$100 grocery gift card
Gift Purchased —
Thank You

The Orr Family Suggested Gifts

For Parents
#3.01
Gas gift cards
For Parents
Gas gift cards
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Parents
#3.02
Spa or hair services
For Parents
Spa or hair services
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Parents
#3.03
Restaurant gift cards
For Parents
Restaurant gift cards
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#3.04
Learning games
For Kids
Learning games
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Kids
#3.05
Kids' bikes, tricycles and wagons
For Kids
Kids' bikes, tricycles and wagons
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#3.06
Disney or Marvel
For Kids
Disney or Marvel
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#3.07
Headphones
For Teens
Headphones
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#3.08
Board games
For Teens
Board games
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Teens
#3.09
New 2022 video games
For Teens
New 2022 video games
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Whole Family
#3.10
$100 grocery gift card
For Whole Family
$100 grocery gift card
Gift Purchased —
Thank You

The Paul Family Suggested Gifts

For Parents
#4.01
Gas gift cards
For Parents
Gas gift cards
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Parents
#4.02
Adult coloring books
For Parents
Adult coloring books
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Parents
#4.03
Spa treatment gift certificates
For Parents
Spa treatment gift certificates
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#4.04
Board games
For Kids
Board games
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Kids
#4.05
Pajamas
For Kids
Pajamas
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#4.06
Playdough
For Kids
Playdough
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#4.07
Sports equipment
For Teens
Sports equipment
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#4.08
Headphones and electronics
For Teens
Headphones and electronics
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Teens
#4.09
Books (age 13-19)
For Teens
Books (age 13-19)
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Whole Family
#4.10
$100 grocery gift card
For Whole Family
$100 grocery gift card
Gift Purchased —
Thank You

The Stephens Family Suggested Gifts

For Parents
#5.01
Gas gift cards
For Parents
Gas gift cards
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Parents
#5.02
Spa or hair services
For Parents
Spa or hair services
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Parents
#5.03
Coffee gift cards
For Parents
Coffee gift cards
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#5.04
Puzzles
For Kids
Puzzles
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Kids
#5.05
Sports equipment
For Kids
Sports equipment
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#5.06
Playdough
For Kids
Playdough
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#5.07
Books (age 13-19)
For Teens
Books (age 13-19)
Gift Purchased — Dec. 5
Thank You Whitney
For Teens
#5.08
Sephora gift cards
For Teens
Sephora gift cards
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#5.09
New 2022 video games
For Teens
New 2022 video games
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Whole Family
#5.10
$100 grocery gift card
For Whole Family
$100 grocery gift card
Gift Purchased —
Thank You

Buy a Gift

We thank you for your generosity. Kindly fill out the form below to record to your gift submission.

Please note that we welcome new, unopened, unwrapped gifts only.

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