No one wants to be away from home for the holidays, but families with seriously ill children needing medical care far from home won’t have a choice. During the holiday season, you can give these families the best gift of all - the gift of togetherness. While we cannot change a family’s journey, with your help Ronald McDonald House can soften the bumps and flurries they face along the way.
Two years ago, on what began as a normal October day our lives changed forever. After a number of hospital visits and tests, we were told that our 2-year-old son, Luke, had high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We went from knowing very little about Ronald McDonald House (RMH), to quickly calling it our “home-away-from-home” for 248 days.
After thinking it would be a holiday we would want to put behind us, the magic of the House made it just the opposite. Volunteers took the time to prepare a delicious Christmas dinner, we watched the House illuminate for the holiday season and we were spoiled with wrapped gifts Christmas morning. Gingerbread house decorating, writing letters to Santa, and BINGO nights put stressful hospital appointments behind us and helped us to feel grateful for what we had – family time together at RMH.
The Pavletic Family
248 days at RMH London, staying close to Luke
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