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The Giving Tree

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 15th to December 15th, 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 Fry, Querin, Veltri, MacRury and Bredenhof families.

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The Giving Tree —
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Nanaimo, BC

16-year-old Savan Fry thinks back to the day he first came to Vancouver. The day before, he and his family had learned he had a brain tumour. He had packed for four days, but once he arrived at the hospital, he and his mom Juliana found out they would need to stay for at least four months.

“We were in a daze at first,” remembers Juliana. “We were still trying to figure out what was going on. Your first worry is: where are you going to stay? It’s overwhelming.” Juliana and Savan didn’t know much about Ronald McDonald House and weren’t sure what they were walking into at first. Soon, however, the House became a home away from home.

For the Frys, it’s the simple things that help the most as they navigate the complicated world of treatments far from home. The Family Meal program, the unlimited coffee, and the ability to cook help to keep them going.

And most of all, they love to put on comfy slippers and relax by the fireplace at the end of a long day – something they know they could only do at Ronald McDonald House.

Dawson Creek, BC

The Querin family has called the House a home for over 125 nights this year. When their twin sons Max and Sullivan made a very early arrival at 26 weeks, they needed to be flown to Vancouver immediately for care. A few years ago, their oldest son Finn was also born prematurely, and they had to stay at the hospital the entire time with him. The days were long, tiring, and they wished they had a place to go to relax and unwind. The Querin’s braced themselves for a similar experience again — then they discovered RMH BC.

“We can’t even comprehend how much more difficult it would be if we didn’t have RMH BC,” said Dad, Conor. “We’ve made lots of connections with staff and families that have come and gone during our stay.”

“The support we’ve received here has been absolutely incalculable. Thanks to all of the incredible RMH BC supporters for helping to make the House such a home for so many families like mine. We can’t thank you enough.”

Sooke, BC

In April, the Veltri family had celebrated the end of 4-year-old Nicola’s leukemia treatment, but in August, they found out that her cancer had returned. Nicola and her mom Kristina immediately checked in to RMH BC.

For Nicola, the House is a break from the hospital where she can play and feel comfortable after facing scary things. “When we first arrived, Nicola just wanted to hide in the room,” remembers Kristina. “Now she is talking and playing with other kids, joining in – it’s been huge for her.”

Most importantly, staying at RMH BC means that the whole family can be connected even as they juggle responsibilities at home and Nicola’s treatment in Vancouver. When Nicola relapsed, Mike had just started a new job and was unable to take a long leave. Big siblings Ella (12) and Logan (9) needed to stay in school. But every weekend, they walk on to the ferry and come to support their little sister and their mom in Vancouver.

Although they are spending another Christmas away from home, they know that they will be able to celebrate together at RMH BC.

Mission, BC

When Paisley MacRury was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018, her family found themselves leaving their home in Mission, BC and checking into RMH BC on Christmas Eve.

The MacRurys didn’t know how long they would be in Vancouver for but at the House, they found all the comforts of home such as family meals, movie nights and bike rides outside. They called RMH BC home for 71 nights and because of supporters like you, they didn’t have to worry about the financial strains of an extended hotel stay, groceries and frequent travel.

“RMH BC helped create a sense of comfort for us in a time when nothing in our life seemed normal. It provided us with all the necessities, plus more, when even the basics of everyday life sometimes seem overwhelming when you’re going through the worst days of your life. The meals were a life saver after long days at the hospital and the friends we met along the way helped to manage the struggles and rough days. Paisley favourite part? The big yellow slide and feeding the fish!”

Abbotsford, BC

When Jacob noticed knee pain and went for an X-ray, it was clear that something was seriously wrong. While he was looking forward to going to high school and joining the basketball team, his life changed drastically when he learned he had Osteosarcoma in his femur, the same cancer Terry Fox had.

Jacob would require many rounds of chemotherapy and his leg amputated, but fortunately he and his whole family, including his three siblings, Evan, Kaleb and Noah were all able to stay at Ronald McDonald House during his treatment.

At the House, they found a supportive community while they were away from home. A little nervous at first, it was a matter of days before they started to fall in love with the House and everyone in it. “RMH became our home away from home and was a place each of us enjoyed being, despite the difficult circumstances we were in”, said mom, Tracey. Staying at the House allowed the Bredenhof Family to focus on the many other things that needed their full attention and gave them the energy they needed for their kids.

The Fry Family Suggested Gifts

For Parents
#1.01
Gas gift cards
For Parents
Gas gift cards
Gift Purchased — Nov. 23
Thank You Lisa Y.
For Parents
#1.02
Adult coloring books
For Parents
Adult coloring books
Gift Purchased — Dec. 2
Thank You Anonymous
For Parents
#1.03
Tickets for an event
For Parents
Tickets for an event
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#1.04
Electronics
For Teens
Electronics
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#1.05
Sports apparel (hats, jerseys)
For Teens
Sports apparel (hats, jerseys)
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#1.06
Robotics/science activity kits
For Teens
Robotics/science activity kits
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#1.07
Pajamas
For Kids
Pajamas
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#1.08
Learning games
For Kids
Learning games
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#1.09
Sports equipment
For Kids
Sports equipment
Gift Purchased — Nov. 26
Thank You Anton B.
For Whole Family
#1.10
A $100 grocery gift card
For Whole Family
A $100 grocery gift card
Gift Purchased — Nov. 25
Thank You Chantal Z.

The Querin Family Suggested Gifts

For Parents
#2.01
Gas gift cards
For Parents
Gas gift cards
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
Travel mugs
For Parents
Travel mugs
Gift Purchased — Dec. 2
Thank You Westin Bayshore
For Kids
#2.04
Arts & Crafts
For Kids
Arts & Crafts
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#2.05
Sports equipment
For Kids
Sports equipment
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#2.06
Current toys (Frozen, Paw Patrol etc.)
For Kids
Current toys (Frozen, Paw Patrol etc.)
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Babies
#2.07
Receiving blankets
For Babies
Receiving blankets
Gift Purchased — Dec. 2
Thank You Megumi K.
For Babies
#2.08
Baby monitors
For Babies
Baby monitors
Gift Purchased — Nov. 26
Thank You Amelia H.
For Babies
#2.09
Play mats
For Babies
Play mats
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 Veltri Family Suggested Gifts

For Parents
#3.01
New clothes and shoes
For Parents
New clothes and shoes
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
Slippers
For Parents
Slippers
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#3.04
Books (ages 13-19)
For Teens
Books (ages 13-19)
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#3.05
Headphones
For Teens
Headphones
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#3.06
Funny or challenging board games
For Teens
Funny or challenging board games
Gift Purchased — Nov. 27
Thank You T. Mlynarczyk
For Kids
#3.07
Puzzles
For Kids
Puzzles
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#3.08
Kid’s bikes, tricycles and wagons
For Kids
Kid’s bikes, tricycles and wagons
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#3.09
Playdough
For Kids
Playdough
Gift Purchased — Dec. 1
Thank You Lynsey S.
For Whole Family
#3.10
$100 grocery gift card
For Whole Family
$100 grocery gift card
Gift Purchased —
Thank You

The MacRury Family Suggested Gifts

For Parents
#4.01
Coffee gift cards
For Parents
Coffee gift cards
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Parents
#4.02
Adult colouring books
For Parents
Adult colouring books
Gift Purchased — Nov. 26
Thank You Salina H.
For Parents
#4.03
Coffee tumblers
For Parents
Coffee tumblers
Gift Purchased — Nov. 30
Thank You Silvana F.
For Teens
#4.04
Electronics
For Teens
Electronics
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#4.05
Sports apparel (hats, jerseys)
For Teens
Sports apparel (hats, jerseys)
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#4.06
Sephora gift cards
For Teens
Sephora gift cards
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#4.07
Pajamas
For Kids
Pajamas
Gift Purchased — Nov. 26
Thank You Salina F.
For Kids
#4.08
Learning games
For Kids
Learning games
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#4.09
Craft kits
For Kids
Craft kits
Gift Purchased — Nov. 30
Thank You Meghan R.
For Whole Family
#4.10
$100 grocery gift card
For Whole Family
$100 grocery gift card
Gift Purchased —
Thank You

The Bredenhof 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
Travel mugs
For Parents
Travel mugs
Gift Purchased — Dec. 2
Thank You Westin Bayshore
For Teens
#5.04
Headphones and electronics
For Teens
Headphones and electronics
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#5.05
Books
For Teens
Books
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Teens
#5.06
New 2020 video games
For Teens
New 2020 video games
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#5.07
Arts & Crafts
For Kids
Arts & Crafts
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Kids
#5.08
Sports equipment
For Kids
Sports equipment
Gift Purchased — Nov. 26
Thank You Amelia H.
For Kids
#5.09
Current toys (Frozen, Paw Patrol etc.)
For Kids
Current toys (Frozen, Paw Patrol etc.)
Gift Purchased —
Thank You
For Whole Family
#5.10
$100 grocery gift card
For Whole Family
$100 grocery gift card
Gift Purchased — Nov. 24
Thank You Aakash M.

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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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