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.