Get the tissues out. Coming off the heels of the viral Christmas Miracles video, WestJet has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada to surprise one deserving dad for Father’s Day.
To help bring more deserving Ronald McDonald House families together, for every 100,000 views the video receives, WestJet Cares for Kids will donate another flight, up to 500,000 views.
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Marc Grimard is surprised with an early Father’s Day gift, as WestJet employee Teodoro (Medel) Villena covers his job for five days allowing Marc to spend much-needed quality time with his sons, Mathieu and Joel, and wife, Angela.
Four-year old Joel Grimard from Prud’homme, Saskatchewan was diagnosed a few months after birth with tricuspid atresia, a congenital heart condition, and has spent much of his young life in the hospital. Joel’s father Marc works in Saskatoon to support the family, while his seven-year-old brother, Mathieu, attends a local Saskatoon school. Angela, the boys’ mother, stays with Joel at Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta while he receives treatment at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Often, the family is separated for weeks at a time. Families across Canada face the same tough choices every day, trying to balance the needs of a family with a sick child against the need to support the family financially.
Well done, WestJet and Ronald McDonald House.