Ten-year-old Sydney Mitchell holds a McHappy Day fundraising book

McDonald’s McHappy Day book celebrates Golden girl’s story

Golden's Sydney Mitchell's story is being told in a McDonalds fundraising book.

Ten-year-old Sydney Mitchell has had a tough few years in her young life, and McDonalds Canada thought her story was worth telling.

Mitchell, who now lives in Golden with her family, was born with a heart that was not completely formed, a condition called hypo-plastic left heart syndrome. Since she was born she has spent more than 600 days in the hospital, and more than a bit of time at Ronald McDonald House, both the Northern and Southern Alberta houses. She has already had one heart transplant, and she is currently awaiting her second.

McDonalds has put together an illustrated book telling the stories of six young Canadians, Mitchell being one of them, who have benefited from Ronald McDonald House.

“As part of our McHappy Day fundraising we will be selling the book at the restaurant for $10, with all the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House in Northern Alberta,” said Dallas Matheson, manager of the Golden McDonalds.

McHappy Day is on May 2, but the book is already available at McDonalds.

“It’s such an important cause, I know so many families in Golden have used that house,” said Matheson.

Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home where out-of-town families with seriously ill children can stay while their children receive medical treatment. The Houses provide a warm and welcoming environment where parents can relax, prepare hot meals and share their concerns with other parents in similar situations.

There are currently 305 houses in 52 countries and regions. McHappy Day in Golden goes to support the house in Nothern Alberta.

“We invite everybody to come up. A dollar from every Big Mac, every Happy Meal, and all McCafe beverages will go to the houses,” said Matheson.