Toronto Boy To Leave Hospital For Rare Christmas At Home

This year The Jacks will be able to bring their son Rowan to spend Christmas at home, or at least a portion of it.

Rowan, who is three, suffers from a rare disease that prevents him from developing muscles, and because of that he’s spent most of his life at Bloorview Kids Rehab in Toronto.

Rowan’s allowed to come home for one weekend a month under close supervision, but to bring him home for good the Jacks need to build a $100,000 addition to their home.

They have the plans for Rowans special room, but are missing the finances needed to make their dream a reality.

“Everywhere we go for help, there’s always some kind of let down,” Lisa Jack said.”As a mother, it’s very hard. I’d like to be able to take him to things with us, be a family, do things together.”

Rowan has some presents under the tree, but later that night he’ll have to return to Bloorview, leaving his parents with just one Christmas wish.

“That I don’t have to say goodbye to him, and see him cry when we leave,” Jack said.

To contact the Rowan family about helping with Rowan’s room, email

I cannot imagine having a child that has spent 3 years in the hospital. The four months that our son spent in the NICU was very hard on our family and my health. My heart goes out to this family all year round, not just Christmas. I hope that they get the funds they need to make Rowans room a reality.


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