When he was just 16, Alex spent 6 months at Sick Kids fighting for his life in overcoming complications associated with a ruptured appendix. We are so fortunate to have an amazing hospital like Sick Kids so close to home, allowing Alex to have near-constant companionship at the hospital and the family to stay together at home. Many children and families, though, are not so fortunate. In these situations, the Ronald McDonald house provides a "home away from home" for seriously ill children and their families. The Ronald McDonald House in Toronto served more than 5100 families last year alone from throughout Ontario, across Canada and around the world. Our kids would love your support in helping families to heal better together.