Unfortunately, because the last few months have been
a little crazy, my voluntography for Ronald McDonald House families has had to take a backseat. I was scheduled to shoot this family back in late December when Maverick ended up in hospital with RSV. Mom, Shannon, was incredibly understanding, as I find most parents with a medical child tend to be! We were finally able to re-schedule last week and I think the session turned out wonderfully, even though Miss Safiya was not very impressed with having a camera in her face!
Sixteen month old Safiya is a heart warrior. She was diagnosed with tricuspid atresia, pulmonary atresia and a ventricular septal defect at birth. She has had two of her three surgeries; the first one taking place at just seven days old.
When Safiya was born, her family lived in Fort McMurray and had to stay at RMHNA for two months. Since then they have moved to Edmonton and have a goal of providing one Home for Dinner each month. With the support of the Muslim community, the Swenia family hope to raise $700 each month. Please visit their website for more information.
Home for Dinner is a program that provides families staying at the RMH with an opportunity to enjoy a meal together as a family. Here’s how it works:
- Gather a group of 6-10 people
- Bring in ingredients and prepare a meal of your choice (enough for about 40-60 people)
- Enjoy the food with our new RMHNA family and tour the House
- Clean up