By Jon Rumley, Walmart Canada Corporate Affairs
When Thomas Wade Shaw’s daughter was born prematurely, Ronald McDonald House Charities® Atlantic was there.
Molly only weighed a pound when she was born at 22 weeks gestation on Dec. 9, 2016. As a micro preemie, she needed care at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, several hours away from Wade’s home.
“All I wanted was my wife and baby to be OK,” said Wade, a Walmart Canada store manager in Woodstock, N.B. “I’ll never, ever forget that feeling.”
Wade slept in his truck outside the hospital that night while his daughter was transferred from Charlottetown to Halifax. The next morning, he learned he could’ve stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. The following night, Wade stayed at the house and made a new friend – another grieving father.
“The one thing that made me feel OK was our conversations at the Ronald McDonald House,” he said. “It brought me a bit of sanity within the grief. There’s always somebody in a more difficult circumstance. It gave me a newfound appreciation.”
Fortunately, Molly survived the ordeal and was reunited with her family. Today, she’s happy and healthy. The experience showed Wade the importance of having a strong community network.