Ronald McDonald House (part 2)
By Nancy Zink
April 11, 2017 12:00am CST
If we didn't get the hotel room we could have stayed at the Ronald McDonald house for free. They do take donations but never actually charge for anything. We had access to clothes washers and dryers, all the food in the kitchen in the closets and refrigerators plus we had computers for us to use to keep our families up to date with the babies status. We were there for almost two weeks and even though we had a hotel room, we still took naps during the day, basically from exhaustion. We got to know so many families going through different issues for their children. We had to scrub up every time we went into the nursery. There were rows and rows of babies lined up in the nursery. It was the most stressful time of our lives. I had one teenage boy collapse next to me when he found out his baby sister just died. I have never experienced anything so awful in all my years but the Ronald McDonald House made everything as comfortable as possible. Now my grandson is almost 6Ft 3 inches and in 2nd year of high school. He still has issues that need constant attention and a couple of the holes in his heart were left opened as they were not accessible. He cannot play certain sports in school and goes for doctors appointments in New York City. The Ronald McDonald House is amazing and so caring. Hopefully you will never need their help but if you do know that there are some all over the country.
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• United States
I think most people know about the Ronald McDonald House. We have St. Jude's which provided free medical for all kids - never a bill - the parents are provided with everything they need to stay for free. My husband's son/wife stayed at one in Philly for about 5 months when the baby was born premie. He had many isues and always will with spina bifada.
• Melbourne, Florida
That is another great place. People always hear about bad things about people and places but do not know anything about good place. St Jude's was founded by Danny Thomas many years ago and now his daughter is still working hard there.