Ont. community rallies to renovate home for family of toddler battling cancer

An family in eastern Ontario is closer to bringing their three-year-old son battling cancer back home, thanks to an outpouring of support from the community.

See Full Article

The McHugh family, from Carleton Place, Ont., moved into their dream home three years ago and were planning to renovate it one room at a time. But when Peter, 3, was diagnosed with leukemia, the family was forced to move out of the 100-year-old log cabin, unable to afford the cost of making their house safe for him.

Since July, the McHughs have been living at the Ottawa Ronald McDonald House, a charity-run residence where families can live with their sick or injured children while they receive medical treatment.

“His immune system is shot, so it’s extremely important that we keep it tidy and dust-free, and with an old home that is hard,” said Peter’s father Jay McHugh.

But that will soon change, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of family, friends and local businesses who are donating their time and money to help renovate the house to suit Peter’s needs.

Peter’s uncle told CTV Ottawa that the family is very close. “It means a lot to us to do what we can do to help them out.”

Over the next few months, Peter will receive extensive rounds of chemotherapy at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Jay now spends four days a week working on the house and the rest of his time with Peter in Ottawa, about 50 kilometres away. And while Peter won’t be home for Christmas, the family is hopeful that he will join them for the holidays next year.

Peter’s mother Veronika said that when they learned of her son’s cancer diagnosis “our world shattered.” She appreciated it when family and friends reached out to help.

“When something like this happens, you come to the realization that it’s OK to say thank you and ‘yes’ sometimes,” Veronika said.

With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Annie Bergeron-Oliver



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Trump pays $25M to settle Trump University cases

    World News Toronto Sun
    SAN DIEGO — President-elect Donald Trump has paid $25 million to settle three lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University, signalling that a judge’s approval of a settlement agreement remains on track for March 30. Trump Entrepreneur Initiative LLC paid the money into escrow ahead of Wednesday’s deadline, said plaintiff attorney Jason Forge, who represented people who took seminars that promised to teach success in real estate. Source
  • Car makers concerned about Trump: Canadian innovation minister

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA — Automakers on both sides of the border fear the potential negative effects of a Donald Trump presidency, Canada’s economic development minister said Thursday as he met with international business and political leaders in Switzerland. Navdeep Bains said he’s been having nervous conversations with concerned automakers, both at the recent auto show in Detroit and during his current visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Source
  • Automakers concerned about Trump presidency

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA - Automakers on both sides of the border fear the potential negative effects of a Donald Trump presidency, Canada’s economic development minister said Thursday as he met with international business and political leaders in Switzerland. Source
  • Montrealer heading to Donald Trump inauguration turned away at border

    Canada News CBC News
    Sasha Dyck was hoping to be in Washington, D.C., Friday for President-Elect Donald Trump's inauguration, but instead he'll have to watch the event from north of the border. The dual citizen was denied entry into the United States Thursday when he presented his Canadian passport at the St. Source
  • Bourget sentenced to life in prison

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    A Winnipeg man who stabbed a woman to death in his bedroom and then hid her body in the trunk of a car has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for at least 11 years. Source
  • House arrest for having sex with a dog

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    A Manitoba man arrested after he was spotted in a ditch having sex with a dog has been sentenced to four months house arrest. Adrian Choken, 29, of Little Black River First Nation, was convicted after trial of one count of bestiality in connection with the Feb. Source
  • ISIS gifted nightclub killer with three women

    World News Toronto Sun
    Three women nabbed by cops in the hideout of ISIS killer Abdulkadir Masharipov were sent by the death cult as a reward for the terrorist’s Istanbul nightclub slaughter. ISIS is notorious for its raping and the sexual trading and torture of women. Source
  • Small plane with student and instructor crashes near airport in Duncan, B.C.

    Canada News CTV News
    DUNCAN, B.C. -- An instructor and a student have survived a small plane crash just north of the airport in Duncan, B.C. Bill Yearwood with the Transportation Safety Board says the Cessna 172 from the Duncan Flying Club clipped some power lines and crashed in a farmer's field on Thursday afternoon. Source
  • Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman is extradited to U.S.

    World News CTV News
    MEXICO CITY -- Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most notorious cartel kingpin who twice made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run as the country's most wanted man, was extradited to the U.S. Source
  • Locksmith says home in triple murder could have been accessed in minutes

    Canada News CTV News
    CALGARY -- An intruder could have broken into the home where a Calgary couple and their five-year-old grandson disappeared in a matter of minutes, a lock expert testified Thursday. "Obviously it's dependant on the skill of the individual, but it is a-minute-to-five-minute job," said Monte Salway, a master locksmith who works for Schlage in the U.S. Source